oil on board
65 x 130 cm
I visited my family in August and was asked by my mother to paint her Calla Lilies. It has been over 20 years since I used oil as a medium so I set out to do a rather large painting, almost as tall as me. It did take me a while and I also forgot how long it takes for oil to dry. It was a lot of fun to do, and the best thing is my mother is pleased with the results. It now hangs in the living room of her home. Unfortunately, the photo is dark and does not highlight the details well. I worked much on layering colors and used textures to create form.
I also had fun looking back on some of my older art work, especially my old sketchbooks and drawings. There is some of me in every corner, I won't bore you with everything! My mom is definitely responsible for my love of art. She not only named me after her high school art teacher, she was a high school art teacher for a few years and a wonderful artist. She provides infinite encouragement and guidance in my artistic journey. She kept my old oil brushes which I used for the oil painting I painted for her.
|pages from my first sketchbook from high school. Princess Diana, Molly Ringwald,and Daryl Hall (from Hall and Oates) . I have always loved portrait drawing and spent many hours copying faces from magazines.|
|These were rather large sketches (almost 5 feet in height) from a portrait drawing class I took in college, it is fun to see some improvement. The bottom two are self-portraits.|
|My mother painted this wall in her favorite color, she likes the way it highlight the colors in the paintings. The two left paintings are some examples of my first attempts in watercolor 20 years ago! The lemons on the right I painted in 2012.|