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Monday, December 16, 2013

Scanned Detail of Peggy from "After the Party"

Scanned detail of Peggy from "After the Party", a portrait of Peggy and Marcelo

Here is a scanned detail from a portion of the portrait of Peggy and Marcelo.  When
comparing it to the camera shot I took in my previous post you can begin to see 
the obvious advantages of having a pro scan done, or in this case of knitting one 
together as a best effort.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

After the Party - Camera Shot of My Portrait of Peggy and Marcelo

"After the Party", portrait of Peggy and Marcelo, pastel on pastel board

Here is a camera shot of my latest portrait, which has taken some time to complete.  As you can see, I reconfigured the location of the
aqua pillow, which formerly had a pattern that detracted 
attention too much from Peggy's skirt, so I streamlined the original look of the pillow to be a plain silk pillow.  
I've updated the picture to this post after a bit more subduing and refining that I noted was necessary to complete in a few areas of Peggy's skirt.

Due to how I cannot afford to pay for a professional scan of this painting, and some artists can't, which is a real disappointment,
I will still be trying to scan it in sections, very gently, to see if I can seam one nice scan together for my professional purposes.  Why is this so important you may ask?
Well, several reasons.  One is that with a camera shot I get warping of an image around my edges which means that I must crop into the art, and also that a slight
distortion of the art is occurring.  There are also abrupt color and value differences between the accuracy of a camera shot and of a pro scan, and yet due to the risk of
trying the seamed-together scan, as a teacher I honestly do not recommend doing this, and I hope when things are better for my income I will be able to avoid it in future.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Kit and Greg

Here is an egg tempera portrait in progress which I have returned to after some time off from it, and it's of my brother, Kit and his son (my nephew) Greg, which is being painted from a photograph I took of them in 1989.

Greg is now attending law school in Chicago, and my brother, now a father of four and soon to be a grandparent, works as a judge, so life has changed in many ways since those days.  The picture was also taken on my parent's 40th wedding anniversary, of which they eventually had 57 before my father passed away in 2007.  Since that time, as those of you following my work will know, my Mother has remarried to my step-Dad, Harry.

Here following are a few more photos from that same family anniversary party on June 3, 1989.

Kit's oldest son Greg who is now 24
Kit and Greg
Aunt Mona - here I am with my sister's oldest son Nick and my brother's only daughter Lauren on the porch swing that day.   Since then there have been 5 more nephews in our extended family for me to love, including Daniel, Ben, David, Eric and Casey.  This weekend I just returned from Lauren's own baby shower!  She is expecting my first great-nephew in 7 more weeks, and we are all very excited about his arrival.  :-)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Smile - Self Portrait

                    "Smile - Self Portrait", charcoal and pastel on Mi Teintes (French pastel paper)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

A bit more progress with the portrait of Lil and Mike

 Here I am with Mike and Lil as they are today, at a fond reunion I had with them and their family members recently in the Campbell, Pritchard, and Murphy ends of their respective families, to share the surprise that this painting is in the works as a gift from Mike to Lil, my former husband and former mother-in-law. They still feature as great and much beloved friends in my life, along with Mike's two dear sisters, Lori and Kathy Campbell, and his aunts, cousins, and dear partner Paul.  Below you can see my panel painting in it's most recent stage of progress, with the background garden and wisteria vine which will surround part of the outer border yet to come.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Catching up on two of my portraits in progress

A detail from my portrait of Peggy and Marcelo called "After the Party," in progress

My mother/son portrait of Lil and Mike in progress, which will have a garden background
added this week.

It's been a while, since I've had a few health issues still to contend with, but I've been 
at work, albeit more slowly.  I'm getting there with the portrait of my sister Peggy and brother-in-law Marcelo, and have added into it more depth of detail, such as shown here in the detail of my sister.  The portrait of Lil and Mike is also still a work in progress, and will have some background elements added now that a start on the figures has been established.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Progress with Frances and Dylan

my progress with "Frances and Dylan",  8" x 10",  egg tempera on panel

Here is my latest on my commission of Frances and Dylan, and I'm wishing to thank Andrea and Stephen, Frances and Dylan's parents, for their patient wait while I was recuperating from heart ablation surgery enough to continue with my commission work for 
them and for others. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Portrait Drawing of Bob

Portrait of Bob Hutton, 13" x 17", carbon pencil and pastel on Pastelmat

This portrait of Bob was done for Bob and Glenda Hutton.  I first knew Bob in high school, and the Huttons have been dear friends of mine for many years.  Bob is a talented musician, actor, and former music teacher, and the Huttons live in Alaska.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Frances and Dylan, nearing completion

"Frances and Dylan" nearing completion, 8" x 10", egg tempera on panel

Here's the current stage of progress on my portrait of Frances and Dylan Stephens, now almost completed except for some final layers and finishing touches.  We are in discussion about adding an inch of ocean to the left of Frances, above Dylan's hand.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Update #3 on the portrait commission of Lil and Mike

Lil and Mike in progress in oil over gold leaf

Still partly an underpainting, but I made some great progress on it this week, so here's another look at Lil and Mike.  More to come on it soon.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

progress update - Lil and Mike

My progress so far with the portrait of Lil and Mike Campbell, which is being painted in oil over Italian gold leaf. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Portrait Pickup!

It was great to have a visit from Dick Marshall today, who arrived to pick up the framed portrait of him and Kat.  Many thanks, Kat and Dick, for commissioning a portrait, and thanks Dick for coming to NYC to pick it up!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

preparatory drawing of Lil and Mike Campbell

Here is my preparatory drawing for a portrait commission of Lil and Mike Campbell.  The medium for this painting will be oil on gold-leafed panel. 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Update #2 on my egg tempera portrait of Frances & Dylan

"Frances and Dylan" brother and sister portrait in progress, 8" x 10" egg tempera on true gesso panel
Here's a progress update on the portrait commission of Frances and Dylan.  Still more work to come on the eyes, eyebrows, and layering in general, but getting there.....

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Knit Scan Detail #2 from the Portrait of Dick and Catherine Marshall

Knit Scan Detail #2 from the portrait of Catherine and Dick Marshall

And to follow up, here is a second detail of Dick Marshall from the same portrait, this time created from three scans which are knitted together from top to bottom.   

To learn more about how to knit scans, just google the topic, or click on this easy tutorial I found at

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A knit scan detail from the portrait of Dick and Catherine Marshall

Knit scan detail of Catherine Marshall from the recent portrait commission I completed of Kat and her husband Dick

Lately I've been improving my skill with knitting scans.  Sometimes when a work of art is too large for my scanner I try scanning portions of the image and knitting them together in photoshop.  It's a tricky business to line up the pieces seamlessly, but with care, a knitted scan can provide an even higher res image of a work of art than a single scan.  If I can pull off knitting six parts together, I may have even more to show you.  Scanning is worthwhile because the detail level and the color quality are far superior to a camera shot as an accurate record of the art.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

SVA Drawing Sessions - 2012 Highlights

"Emily", approximately 9" x 12", carbon pencil and pastel on gray Mi Teintes paper

And a camera shot of the entire drawing of Emily, 11" x 14"

(regrettably I did not get this model's name, am working on it and will add it here if I can), approximately 9" x 12", carbon pencil and pastel on gray Mi Teintes paper

"Teddi", approximately 15" x 18", carbon pencil on paper

Happy New Year everyone, and I hope it will be a great year for all of you!  
Here are some of my favorite drawings from the SVA Alumni drawing sessions in 2012.
Some don't entirely fit on my scanner and some are cropped from a camera shot, which is why they are labelled "approximately" in size. My thanks to Tom, our moderator, and to each of these great models for posing for us, and I'm looking forward to more of these drawing sessions in 2013 when they resume later this month.