My first oil portrait from life: my mom reading and knitting.
8 inch x 10 inch, oil on canvas
I did this in two sittings, one about three hours and another a couple of days later that was almost two hours. It was challenging for both of us---for her to sit so long and me to try and capture her in paint. I had moments when I felt like I understood what I was seeing and doing, but mostly I felt sloppy and a little lost. I can't wait to try another one and find more of those times that I feel like I know what I'm doing. I'm thinking I will practice from photos as well to get better with handling the paint so when I have a sitter I can be more efficient. My mom was the perfect first subject. Thanks mom!