Sunday, September 24, 2017

Procrastinating

It is hot today. I am working on a commission (not the one pictured), but it is hot, and I am procrastinating. I love the cute face I’m painting, but nevertheless, all of the following have seemed important enough to interrupt painting for:
1. Check to make sure the laundry hanging out in the sun is actually drying. (It is.)
2. Play with the cat.
3. Stretch.
4. Water the only houseplant left standing, as I am usually not that attentive a waterer.
5. Go searching for the paintbrush that I left somewhere on one of my previous peregrinations.
6. I think it’s time for a snack.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Portrait Commission

And here's the second of the two adorable brothers. I've just begun work on two larger portraits of these boys. Painting a second portrait of someone is always a little intimidating for me before I begin. I'll never just copy a painting, which is guaranteed to result in a dull, lifeless piece.  I start fresh looking at the person (or a photo). And there's always the big question in the back of my mind: Will it be as good as the original? Maybe someday I'll learn to trust that the second portrait usually does go pretty smoothly--I know my way around that particular face a little bit. But I guess a little bit of fear is good for keeping me focused; relaxing is another way to ruin a painting, at least for me. Anyway, the first of the larger ones is off to a good start!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Portrait Commission

I recently painted two adorable brothers. Here's the first. Isn't he a cutie pie? And I love, love, love getting responses like the one from their mother:

"Jessica, I just opened up my portraits and am over the moon in love with them!! They are wonderful and look so much like my boys!!! I'm dying!!!! They are amazing!! I love them! You have made me so happy!!"

How lucky that something I love to do can make someone else feel so good, too.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Point Lobos

Big Sur. I can't believe it's been a year since we were there. We hiked the perimeter of Point Lobos Preserve, one of the most beautiful walks I've been on. Also there were seals and sea lions basking on the beaches, and otters being ridiculously cute.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Half-Hour Portrait

Something interesting happened today. I was scrolling through facebook, when a profile picture caught my eye. It was a portrait I painted, obviously years ago, that I had completely forgotten about, and which I have no record of. (Not this portrait.) I love that!

Thursday, July 6, 2017