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 ├ęblouissant... 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....