Thursday, November 24, 2011

Recent Triple Portrait Commission

This was a difficult portrait.  A profile, a three quarter,  and dead on faces in a made up outdoor context--every figure painter's dream.  The exactitude of portrait work is demanding--Sargent said portraiture is a young man's occupation, and for good reason.  I always swear that I will never accept portrait work,  but I find the challenge engaging, and it pays the bills.  Talk to ya down the road.

O yes, and I did this beach scene quickie for a friend--familiar?  O well, Van Morrison still sings Brown Eyed Girl.  "I love the old stuff--new stuff is boring...." Andrew Wyeth.

Keep Janey and I in your prayers.  God's presence is palpable and miracles are plentiful.  Love you too, Don


  1. Don you have a way of making your figures look real! The triple portrait is beautiful! The family must be very pleased with it.

    I noticed in your beach scene, you place your figures like a well planned still life. The rhythm of the water and the rocks connect and lead the eye. You're the best!

    Prayers are flowing for Janey and you. Give her a big hug for us on this holiday.

  2. Absolutely stunning portrait, Don....the owner should cherish it. Wishing you, Janey and the family a blessed Thanksgiving Day. Always good thoughts and prayers coming your way.
    Carol B.

  3. Un portrait remarquable et éblouissant... Une belle palette de couleurs...
    Gros bisous

  4. Incredible work! Wishing you and loved ones a happy day with love flowing as beautiful as your paints.

  5. Thinking of you both a lot. Love these both. Prayers for you--hope your holidays are filled with blessings.

  6. Just Wonderful, Don! Such beautiful light and warmth in it, and very natural poses and interaction between the figures. I just don't know how you do it....