"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Friday, August 13, 2010

My Cousin Audre

This is a casual portrait of my cousin Audre. Audre has the most delicate pale skin which is framed by her gorgeous black hair. She has remarkable beauty. I painted this portait cropped from a photo of Audre sitting at a table in a restaurant near Lake Tahoe watching the antics of her 5 month old grandaughter. I loved the complexity of the light and shadow over the contours of her face, the hint of an adoring smile and the beautiful colors. This was done alla prima in about 3 hours this afternoon.
I used an unusual palette - thalo green, alizarin crimson, cobalt blue, white, a tiny bit of sienna and a tiny bit of umber - not a usual portrait palette at all. I love the black that is made from thalo, alizarin and blue - it is so deep and infinite - like looking into deep space.
If you click on the painting, it will enlarge and you can get a better look at it - aren't computers wonderful?!


  1. Whilst browsing through blog world I came upon yours. I have enjoyed looking at all your work.
    I can see why you painted Audre, beautiful.

  2. Hi, Patricia - thank you for dropping by and for your encouraging comment.

  3. Love this painting. Absolutely wonderful, great colours.

  4. Thanks so much, Sharon. I had a lot of fun experimenting with these colors.

  5. Wow, nice portrait. What an interesting palette.

  6. Thanks, Stephanie. I agree, it is an interesting choice of colors and I am pleased with the results. The palette kind of determined itself as I visualized the painted portrait. Creating art is such an interesting process, isnt; it? :)


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