Painting in Oil
Susan, ik hou van je dansende paarden , maar ook je portretten vind ik fantastisch.groetjes van Simonne
They are my two favorite things to paint - horses and people. Thank you, Simmone!
I am in awe!So happy!Michael
It amazes me - the contortions that my horses can assume! :)
oh happy day with your spooky horse and portraits, thank you:)
You made me laugh, Maike - and I thank you!
Your horse paintings always amaze me. I think your portraits of Frank and Renoir are super and have your signature style to them. All I can say after catching up with your blog is I wish I could draw like you. Hope you're well out of your slump now. To my eye your work is consistently great.
I do love drawing and especially love drawing from life. I am starting to think about attending life figure sessions again but they are not offered again until next year. I am putting that terrible slump behind me. Thanks for your wonderful support.
Susan, your equine dancer is superb, and definitely well worth another painting!!! And I do like your portrait of Renoir. What an intense-looking man.Kathryn xx
Thanks, Kathryn - I thought the same about Renoir - his intensity in the black and white reference was quite apparent. Before I saw the photo, I had no idea what he looked like! It's fun to paint the artists themselves, I have done a few over the years and always am drawn back to trying another.
This painting is beyond my limited vocabulary. All this "valley girl" can say is awesome. Your knowledge of equine atatomy is astounding. I can feel the twist of his body. --Renoir does look prim and serious. Do you think he painted his glorious women wearing a suit?
Awesome - that is a very nice word from a Valley Girl! I do admit to being fascinated with anatomy - especially equine and human. And regarding Renoir - I would not be all that surprised to find out that he DID paint while wearing his suit. Can you imagine that?
Seeing this horse I know you are out of the slump! I love your dancing horses! And the portrait is great!
They are fun subjects for me - and, yes, me too, Judy. That slump is behind me now and its full steam ahead.
A gorgeous portrait of Renoir, one of my favorite painters. Great contrasts and intense expression . And your fabulous horse painting just shows us you are back on track again:-)
Hi, Jane - its always a great challenge to paint from a black and white photo - especially human skin. Sometimes it works and sometimes, not so much!
You do make me chuckle... 'A quick oil portrait sketch'... Did you just knock this up one day?? Lol! Well, I think it is amazing work!! Both of them! :0)
Hi, Sandra - yes, this little portrait was done at one sitting - probably about 2 1/2 or 3 hours. I did the portrait of Frank in 3 hours as well. I find that whenever I try to paint portraits in stages, I lose something vital to the likeness and character. And I don't seem able to recover my original intensity or love for the subject. Sometimes, when its a double portrait or I am working large, I do paint over 2 or 3 sessions - but not generally. You are the master of painting in stages with a more classical approach than my haphazard style!
Merveilleux travail Susan !!!!!Très joli post! Interesting post ! Merci de ta visite et de tes gentils commentaires sur mes pages, Merci, bonne journée!
Many thanks, Cath - so glad you like my style!
At last I see your horse again. Good sign. Looks like it has plans on flying, good sign for the author, I think, too.Quick portrait sketch? He-he-he. It is amazing.
I have had so much fun with this equine series - I am sure that #12 will not be the last. I generally call my alla prima portraits 'sketches' as they generally are unfinished to a certain degree - such as Renoir's shirt and jacket. I am fascinated with the faces - no so much the clothing!
Hi Susan.Both the mad Horse painting and the portrait painting are absolutely brilliant, couldn`t have been painted any better. full marks here Susan. It seems that you have made it back my friend. All the best.Vic.
WONDERFUL!! EXCITING! SPONTANEOUS!
The dancing Horse is absolutely awesome! my favorite of your works! I wud love to try it someday with your permission!
How did I miss these paintings!! I feel the movement with this dancing horse, Susan...Beautiful work and I love the portrait...wonderful skin tones and color!!
Your comments are welcome and brighten my day!