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Friday, September 24, 2010

Woman with Baby

"Woman with Baby", 9" x 9", Oil on Museum Board
Of all the portraits I did last week, this one I struggled with the most.  It made me realize that having a clear idea of the contrasts in the painting when I start is key.  When the contrasts, whether value or color or shape are not definite, then there is the tendency to keep re-doing it and sometimes it is impossible to get it right.


  1. I love this one. When I lived in Bolivia (I taught art there from 79-81) my maid came to work like this and so many of the Quechua look just like this!

  2. This one is especially nice. the face of the baby is so sweet!

  3. I'm really enjoying your portraits. You are such a versatile painter which I love.