Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Secret Life of the Artist part 2

Here again, it's been a couple weeks since I have posted. I have been working only in watercolor and haven't had much time for that because of that other part of my life -- the one that actually earns some money. I had a watercolor in the annual Illinois Watercolor Society show in January and February, but as yet it hasn't sold. I have been doing portraits lately. I realized that portrait painting is something I enjoy above all other aspects of painting. The one on the left is from a painting by the American painter, Frank Duveneck. The other is from a black and white Edward Hopper photo when he was young. They are both done on 10 X 14" watercolors blocks. I can tell you that I prefer d'Arches over another brand I won't mention. The last oil painting I did is still waiting to be finished; an outdoor scene of black angus cattle I encountered when I was on the farm. They kind of followed me around the fence sort of like my dogs do hoping I have something for them. I will post that when I finish.