New painting in progress- Wide World


Wide World (in progress) 11x14, oil


Detail from Wide World, oil
I'm only a little way into this painting, but I do like the beginning of it. I thought I'd share its rough state with you and promise to show you the finish when I get there. The reference is from photos I took in France this summer in the small town of St. Florent Le Vieil on the Loire river. This girl was in a window overlooking the narrow street I walked back to our bed and breakfast from the Abbey where the International Pastel Festival was being held. I knew when I looked at the photo later that I'd want to paint her, and now that all my Christmas portrait commissions got to their recipients on time, I'm glad to have begun this one for me!

Nueva Street Gallery has been bustling with happy Holiday visitors to La Villita, and today the city is gearing up for 250,000 visitors for the New Year's party, Celebrate San Antonio, which happens right outside the gallery in Hemisfair Park tonight. Should be very exciting with all the music and fireworks!

I wish you much joy and creativity and love in the year ahead.
Thank you for being a part of my world!
Susan

12 comments:

Karla said...

So happy to see a post from you today! Wow! This painting is already fabulous. Can't wait to see it completed. Happy New Year! Karla

Ann Rogers said...

How beautiful and such sweet memories of your trip. Looks finished to me, but will look forward to see what other touches you add. So glad to hear the gallery is doing well...happy new year!

Bonnie Heather said...

This is a beautiful painting. Looks great the way it is. You are such a good painter.

Angela Elledge said...

Yay, I love to see works in progress, this is just wonderful, Happy New Year to you, Susan.

Susan E. Roden said...

Wonderful expression!

painterchum said...

Susan, this is just wonderful...love the way the little girl is so masterfully integrated with the background

painterchum said...

Susan, this is just wonderful...love the way the little girl is so masterfully integrated with the background

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

Beautiful portrait. It's amazing already!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Susan,

This is a beautiful painting in progress. Her hands are so incredibly perfect. I love the tenderness you're expressing. Great mood and design.

Happy New Year, and congratulations on your new venture. You are amazing.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoBarbara

Lokelani Forrest said...

I love what you are capturing here. It's probably a good thing you caught this picture, that opportunity may never present itself again.

Gwen Bell said...

This little girl has such a wise expression. Really beautiful, Susan!

Debra Bryant said...

As always, a beauty! And, of course, the colors are truly more vibrant than in the broadcast.....I hope to see it in person in April..........crossing fingers! Best of luck at Salon!