I really have been painting…

I just haven’t had much time for photographing and blogging it. I painted this little robin Monday. It’s 6″x6″ acrylics on gessoboard. It’s the first time I’ve used the gessoboardt. I missed the texture of the weave and the bounce bounce of stretched canvas.  I found the acrylic tried to lift as it reached a certain tackiness and  I continued to paint, and I’ve never had that happen on canvas. I had to give it some drying time before I could continue.

I also finished this watercolor vignette. I’m not very pleased with it and I’m just not enjoying the watercolor much, lately. I think I need a change of subject. Something loose and washy and colorful, maybe.

And this is the last portrait I did in my Diary of Faces. It’s been done a while but I couldn’t get time to upload it here. The original was by Irish artist Major Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen, 1878 – 1931. I painted a cropped version of his Portrait of Gertrude Sanford. Gertrude was an American socialite who served as a spy during World War II. She was also a noted explorer, big-game hunter, environmentalist, and owner of Medway plantation in South Carolina. I hope to make it to Paint Party Friday this week!



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28 thoughts on “I really have been painting…

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks! Yeah, I kind of disappeared for a while. November is a really busy month for us. Things get hectic and I fall out of my normal groove.

  1. Debbie

    All of your painting is great, but that portrait is amazing! She’s got a very interesting face. Your colors are so vibrant. Gorgeous work.

  2. Nic's eARTh

    These are all so lovely – the robin is gorgeous. I’ve never painted acrylic on gesso board before so don’t know if that is a common thing to happen.
    I really don’t know why you don’t like the watercolour – I think it is fabulous!
    That lady has such srtong, almost manly, features. It’s a bit of a contradiction that she was both a big-game hunter AND an environmentalist!! but I guess back in those days they wouldn’t have made the connection. It’s a fabulous portrait whatever her interests!!

  3. Jessica Sporn

    What a strong portrait. Beautifully done. I love your sweet robin (I have such a fondness for them from the book The Secret Garden) and I think your vignette is beautiful too — so much detail. Happy PPF!

  4. carlarey

    Love your bird and your portrait, I like your little house too, but I can see how it would leave you wanting to paint something loose and free.

    And once again you have sent me off to learn about another artist and a fascinating woman!

  5. Anne

    Lovely pieces! Beautiful robin and the vignette is wonderfully rendered, you are very talented! The portrait is gorgeous, really vibrant and expressive!


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