Tuesday, March 30, 2010


I went into this painting session determined to do something very different from my usual drill--maybe some weird distortions or stylizations. But no, the painting ended up just like all my others (sigh). It isn't finished, needing further work on the
eyes, arm, and all background fabrics.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Edna in the Light

This is the second piece I did with Edna as the model. This one looks better from a distance where the figure emerges slowly from the background. I felt I got the groove almost at the end of the 3 hour session and if I had more energy could have developed it more. It is a 20 by 24 acrylic. Karen

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Edna and the Cushion

This is a 20 x 20" oil on canvas, done in the same style as the one I did of David. I loved the round forms and colors in this setup, and although I did not paint the still life, I appreciated its presence. Thanks Vicki! Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez

Sunday, March 21, 2010


I found myself with this similar view of Edna that I had used with Matt and tried to use a composition with a larger figure. That meant I eliminated a view of the other other artists if I was going to be true to the space. But it also let me have some fun with the still life. I is a 16 by 20 acrylic. Karen

Matt at the Firehouse

Matt had a wonderful warm skin tone. The only space left for me was slightly behind the model but I liked the view as well as the references it had to a beautiful Elmer Bishoff I have always liked done from almost this angle. It is an 20 by 24 acrylic. Karen

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Edna, Revised

Here's the finished version of Edna. It looks less yellow
than the earlier photo, because I shot the newer photo
outdoors, under neutral light. Everything's tighter
and crisper.


We painted Matt a couple of weeks ago, but it took me some time to get thisportrait to a presentable state. The floral background, which I roughed in at the Firehouse, took a lot of work to refine at home. The figure still needs some work: the right hand is wrong, the green jacket needs some highlights, and the hair could use a few highlights too. I'm not sure whether to leave the yellow pillow or re-paint it red. Despite its still-unfinished state, and various flaws, I like this painting because of the floral background. (I'm a sucker for flowerd backgrounds.)