Coming Back To Life

After many months hibernating amidst the process of grieving the death of my husband Peter, I made some tentative steps back into painting while on vacation with my mom and my sister on Sanibel Island. The shells, the beach, the sand, the waves, soothed my soul, as did painting.

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More Mexico Paintings, In Progress

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IMG_3226Portrait of a Cactus,  painted on location at the Jardin Botanico in San Miguel de Allende, feels like a painting that has captured the personality of this cactus.  I’ve been working on the background and like the current starkness, which leaves the cactus so proud and dramatic, jutting upward into the hot and hazy sky.  Two more Mexico paintings in progress–one of Patsy’s hacienda in the countryside around San Miguel, and another of a typical San Miguel street view.

Mexico Paintings 3-15

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And some of my paintings started while demonstrating on the Painting In Mexico trip, March 2015, all painted on location, en plein air, in San Miguel de Allende.   Such inspiring color and places and objects to paint down there.

New Sleeping Airplane Portraits

IMG_3198IMG_3206A few new Sleeping Portraits done on airplane flights to and from Mexico this year.

Mexico Art Travel Journal-3/15

IMG_3205IMG_3204IMG_3203IMG_3202IMG_3201IMG_3200IMG_3199Just back from my Painting In Mexico trip in San Miguel de Allende and here are some of my art travel journal entries created while down there.

It was a fantastic trip–full of amazing and colorful places to paint, many moving pre-Easter processions to witness, a wonderful group of women participants, beautiful blooming jacaranda trees and bougainvillea all around.

These travel pages are done quickly, often combining pen, collage materials, and paints  to capture various aspects of the trip. They are often “rougher” less refined portraits than my paintings and are so much fun to make. I give all participants on my Painting in Mexico trips a travel journal of their own to create.

Such a great trip–I’m raring to go again next year!

Finished Faces

IMG_3185 IMG_3187 IMG_3191 IMG_3188As I promised, I’m adding a few of my finished portraits from my January-March portrait classes, Face Time and About Face, some from photos and some from live models.

And one more self-portrait…..

self portrait 3-15And the finished self-portrait by Catherine Von Hatten.

Face To Face Class Portraits

IMG_2785 IMG_2786 IMG_2787 IMG_2788 IMG_2789 IMG_2791 IMG_2792 IMG_2793 IMG_2794I’d like to share some of the amazing portraits that students in my Face To Face portrait class painted over the past 2 months. Students painted watercolor faces from photos, from live models, and several are self-portraits.  Take a look and be amazed with me. Not sure how to put the artist’s name next to her portraits—but in order, the artists are:  Catherine Von Hatten, Lea Samuel, Barb Rilling, Jan Snooks, Kay Curtis, Suzanne DeAtley (2), Julieanne Brody (2)

Painting the Face, with Values

In portrait classes we are currently working on painting faces with value—the lights and darks of a face—and painting values with one color only. Really fun and a great exercise in letting go and loosening up; just trying to follow the shapes of the shadows and how they move along the contours of the face. IMG_2757

Current Still Life Class

IMG_2759IMG_2758In my current “Living The Still Life” Class, we have been studying   composition, painting fruits and vegetables; how to paint shadows, and fabric, as well as an initial look at backgrounds.

Still life painting is a wonderful avenue towards nowness–sinking into that space of just noticing the shape and color of an object, and exploring the aesthetic relationships of objects placed in space.

Onto painting glass and shiny reflections next class.