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Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

Phoebe Reading... waiting on me to suggest a pose for a sketch.  Hand pressed into her engrossed in the latest book she didn't realize I already painted her vignette. (9'x12').

Hope everyone had a great holiday!  For those in my class see you tonight.



  1. Wow. Difficult angle on the foreshortened face, perfectly placed. Nice edges and hand, too.

  2. I love this. I often think that these fresh and immediate"sketches" or vignettes are the best paintings. Happy New Year to you.

  3. Thanks for the nice comments.

    I really enjoy the looser work too! they are like a performance, you can't go back and fix them (you will likely ruin anything good in them), so they are what they are. They stand as a moment captured in paint, with its flaws and sometimes sparks of the painter I wish to be. I think painters especially respond to these because they understand the balance between quality and failure in a sketch like this can rest in as little as one brushstroke. Sometimes you take the ugly with the good to preserve that 'something' a sketch has.

  4. These paintings capture mood and texture really well, and I'm especially interested in the pose in the piece depicted above. It's funny that the subject was engrossed in a textbook; she looks so upset! Very good either way.

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