Oh wait! a cat. I've been so inundated with with dog images that this was a nice departure. I'm still having some image problems with light and camera. The face and upper body are very bold in color interpretation. Unfortunately you can't tell by this shot. Guess it's back to the drawing board with the camera. :(
There's a long story with this. February 2010 I went to a Bluegrass festival. This amazing young woman played. I took a battery of images hoping to get at least one good one. Last August I did 3 paintings from those shots. One sold to a woman in Canada. In the fall I was invited to advertise in Southwest Art with a group of other artists. They used a VERY small image of the sold painting in the ad, December addition. In February I got a call from a man in Texas who saw the ad. He had a friend who's daughter plays Mandolin. The painting reminded him of her. His wife worked with the girl's mom so she took the magazine to work to show her. She thought it resembled their daughter too so she shot a photo of the ad and sent it to the girl. The man from Texas started talking about her and finally I asked her name. Guess what! It was the girl I had seen play! Her name is Sara Jarosz. She is fabulous. With a back lit image like this they recognized her posture and body language. Amazing chain of events. Now I've painted her again and will contact her folks to see what they think.
As I was painting this it occurred to me that it is really more a "still life" of a puppy than a portrait. I'm not sure what it was about the end result that made me feel that way. However, I don't object. He might be just one of the most adorable things I've ever seen. High cute quotient.
I'm a painter living in Enumclaw, Washington. It's a small town in the foothills below Mt. Rainier. My sculptor husband and I share 3 studios, a foundry,6 cats, a one-of-a-kind, custom, cast bronze door and cabinet hardware company and 5 beautiful acres of land on which we host a July outdoor sculpture show. "A Painting a Day" seemed a little over the top. Just up my alley. Don't look for any consistency in subject matter. The one sure thing? color!
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