Portrait of Aveline

Portrait of Aveline – 11 x 14 inch acrylic on Raymar panel We were studying the art of the Impressionists during the Let’s Face It 2018 class, and I just loved it! I enjoy studying the art of the French impressionists, and when I look closely at their work, I wish I could get looser…

A Night at the Theatre

I am really enjoying this year of exploring artists of the past. Mary Cassatt is one of my favorite impressionists, and I struggle to find a balance between smoothness and loose brush strokes. So, I really enjoyed studying her work, and then using her color palette and way of putting down paint to create my…

Inspired by Matisse…again

Back in 2014, I was taking a class called Studying Under the Masters, and I fell head over heels with the portraits of Henri Matisse. I wanted to paint just like that…and so he inspired me with color. He still does. Paloma – 5 x 7 inch acrylic on gessobord Elle – 5 x 7…

Rylee, Brynn, and Finley

About six years ago, my preferred size for portraits was 5 x 7 inches. But in the last few years, they have become a bit larger, from 8 x 10 to 11 x 14, and last year, even 20 x 24 inches. I forget how fun it is to paint these smaller portrait studies. You…

A Model for Botticelli

Still working on references from the Renaissance era…and loving every minute of it! A Model for Botticelli – 11 x 14 inch acrylic on professional Raymar panel One of my very first paintings, ever…was an attempt at a version of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus painting, which I am happy to say, I have seen for…

Portrait of Giovanna

One of my favorite things about learning from the masters, is how I can incorporate their past brushstrokes and palettes, to my own modern way of painting. Combining the two styles, is a challenge and a learning experience. This is one of my favorite portraits so far this year, and it was based on the…

Inspired by artists of the past

I am enjoying my study of the masters of the past. In January, one of our master artists of the Renaissance was Giovanni Bellini. I loved learning about his color palette.  The auburn with the blue is something I definitely love to combine. While the original reference painting had a view of the sky in…