Emily our beautiful model has very dramatic features and was a joy to paint. Michael stepped into my painting and showed me how do some exquisite brush work.
It was an amazing experience to be in a room where everyone is talented and wanting to learn more.
Here is my rendition of our model. We worked all afternoon on this.
Taking a class on Portrait Painting with master painter Michael Maczuga has been an amazing experience. There are 13 students in a smallish space in the classroom at Cole Gallery in Edmonds. You can see Michael’s work at http://michaelmaczuga.com/
Taking classes awakens your awareness to new ways of doing things, new ways of thinking and the opportunity to “hand out” with other artists. First day was challenging, but second day was fun! Today should be more of both: Challenging and Fun!!
Walking into Kingston today with best friends from San Diego we passed the trailer that inspired this painting. The photo was taken at 11 PM in December. I was mazed how many people were out and about at that time of night in Kingston in December.
My friend mentioned that she had never visited Seattle when it did not rain. It was warm and sunny until about 30 minutes later, when after a Latte we started our walk home, where we witnessed lightning, heard thunder and were drenched on the way home.
Be careful what you say in Washington….
Wish I could say I sat there and painted this, but someone in my painting group shared the photo and I thought it was lovely. Four of us painted the scene, each with a different result. It is 14 x 16 and available today for $450
Raising three sons by myself was always an adventure. Now they are grown and they sometimes share their adventures with me. My oldest son Chadwyck Wirtz has taken to photography and recently sent me several photos that will translate beautifully into paintings. Look to find paintings from these in the future.
This time of year having friends to share the garden is such a joy! Last we enjoyed the beautiful evening with good friends.
The painting is just 5 x 7 and done in about 30 minutes. Not my favorite, but learning to work in different harmonies is important to grow your art.
The other day for a class I painted a bell pepper. It looked so lonely in the studio, I painted this 5 x 7 abstract apple to keep it company. Just like people, sometimes a piece of art looks all alone.
Sometimes nature is more beautiful than a painting
This photo from Facebook gives you a very different view of color.