Sunday, July 31, 2016

Grandmother from the Past

Grandmother as a Young Woman

16" x 20"
Oil on hardwood Panel

This lady fascinates me.

She is a maternal ancestor on Lori's side.

We know very little about her. She may have been partially or entirely native American.

This portrait is taken from the single photograph that is available. [and I have further altered that, however she is not around to object to my interpretation...]

Some painters will not do portraits if they cannot see the living, walking, and talking person and get a feel for their manner.

Some day I hope to meet her and be able to learn about her background and family

Her eyes suggest that she has many experiences to share


Zions National Park

24" x 36"
Oil on hardwood Panel

I found a reference photo that lead to this painting while doing some research about watchtowers.

I was drawn to the sunset contrasts and the more vivid saturated colors.

This painting is larger than most of my landscapes and it was enjoyable to work in the larger space

After several trials I was finally satisfied that the emphasis was were I wanted it to be