Chacala Boy, oil, 14x11... finished

I enjoyed painting this sweet face. If you compare this painting to the one in my previous post, you'll see he looks better nourished.

Below are some of the portraits painted in the workshop... I'm delighted with each one!

Gwen Bell

Juli Koroly

Ruthie Sexton

Janice Crawford

Kay Moore

Annice Anderson

Barbara Pask

Linda Wacaster

Ray Beck

Leslie Newman

Norma Folse

For a while now I'd been casting about for 'direction' in that constant question of what to paint next. Then the other day I bought Robert Henri's book, "The Art Spirit," and on the twelfth page he writes, "An art student must be a master from the beginning; that is, he must be master of such as he has. By being now master of such as he has there is promise that he will be master in the future." I've read other versions of that notion- to paraphrase: completely fill the place you have in your life in the present; take care of the job in front of you/love the people in front of you/clean the house you live in/do all that you do now with your best skills and best effort.... because until you do, you can't possibly be ready for what's next, or what's better.
I was immediately aware of the paintings I have sitting around the studio that have been started, but not finished. Ok, well, some of my broadcast viewers remind me of them regularly, too. I see that I need to finish a few paintings before asking what's next. Expect some finishes in the next few posts!


K. said...

I haven't taken the time to say hello in a while, but the expression you've captured in that little boy's eyes has inspired me to take a moment. Love it!

Gwen Bell said...

You've done it again...another exceptional Portrait!

I love what you wrote in your post. Food for thought and very good advice! Note to self: buy Henri's book.

Mark Bridges said...

Hi Susan. Masterful job on this painting. Glad you have a little extra art spirit going too.

Linda said...

You've captured such a sweet expression in this little boy. It is a beautiful portrait!

I have Robert Henri's book and I think I will re-read it. It is just wonderful!

Rishi Kapil said...

This is an amazing portrait.The expression is so true.Strong one.

Jo Castillo said...

This is wonderful. He has such a sweet face. Nice colors, too.

sam said...

Fantastic skill you have, I love the tones in the skin, seems like a nice lad!

Michelle said...

Beautiful portrait, Susan! I wish I could have "attended" the online workshop this time...hope you have more!

Marian Fortunati said...

Your portraits are so inspiring... You can just feel this boys' character!!! WONDERFUL!

Pattie Wall said...

Hi Susan - thanks for all the learning - this one you painted exceptionally well, and I can say that because it has taken me around the canvas a few times now. Yours is just perfect!

Barbara M. said...

Super portrait Susan.

And great thoughts. I'm cleaning up the studio!

Take care,


CandynRA said... always,'ve outdone yourself again! Love this one and your self portrait!

Professor J said...

I'm going to take those words to heart. Thank you, Susan! said...

That yellow shirt is magic with his warm skin and the cool background.

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

I love this little guy.

Great work, Susan. And I knew that the painting in Salon International would be a winner.