Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mom Reading

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!


  1. It's a lovely portrait! I've been eagerly awaiting ones of your mum. And it was worth the wait.

  2. It is wonderful, Gabel! The skin tones are great.

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  4. Thanks ya'll ! I can't believe I waited this long to try doing this, it's so fun and challenging---I love it. I want to do more and more and more.