"Margaret Sketch," Oil on Hardwood panel, 8x10. Live model. About 2 hours.
Monday, May 29, 2017
"Beatrice in Red," Oil on Cradled Wood Panel, 14x14in. Reference: My own. This painting was hard on many levels, emotional, mechanical and technical. Emotionally it was challenging to portray this woman in the most delicate and sensitive way that reflected her image in my mind's eye. Mechanically and technically it was very difficult to render what I saw in my reference photo accurately both in terms of straight drawing, color and detail so that her inner and outer beauty shines through. I used a limited palette of Pure Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Quinacridone Red, Cobalt Teal and Windsor Newton Blue-Black. Thanks to Dominique Medici for introducing me to this limited palette of colors. My Painting could never be a fitting tribute to this strong, independent, force of nature that Beatrice is. I chose this moment to paint because it was an intimate glimpse which she rarely shows to the outer world.