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Friday, 26 February 2010

Live-Model Portrait

Here's my portrait of Rebecca, who has diligently showed up every Saturday morning to sit. She has an intelligent and quiet presence, and her complexion is a harmony of warm and cool colors. We've been working for four weeks, and the class is making progress working live and alternately at home with photos. She has a unique and attractive countenance. She's a writer.
This is typical of a four-color painting; its charm is tone. Nowhere did I use the full strength of any paint, not even black -- oh, yes I did, for the pupils; they're black, but the black used elsewhere is just thin glazes, thicker on the hair. Yes, we use black!

Monday, 22 February 2010

Virgin Milkgiver, Oil on Panel, 14 X 18

Following a tradition dating to the 12th century, the Galactotrophousa, or Milkgiver image of the Virgin.

Three Graces, Oil on Panel, 18 X 18

After Raphael's Three Graces. Sold at the Tusing Gallery in Staunton, VA 2006.

French Bather 9 x 20 Oil on Panel

Sold at Michael B. Tusing Gallery in Staunton, VA