Hello all! I am currently painting Dorothy Benjamin, a 100-year old woman who is from my home town of Normal, Illinois. My desire to paint her grew out of her strong character and that I know her daughter and some of the family history. I felt strongly that I wanted to honor Dorothy. So much of our advertising world revolves around youthful imagery. I want my painting to reflect a sense of dignity with age.
Also, I finished Dreama Tolle Perry‘s workshop a week or so ago and am hooked on transparent oil paint. I am excited with using Dreama’s method of laying down the transparent, strongly pigmented colors first. I have to agree with Dreama in that Old Holland’s Caribbean Blue is simply luscious.
A newly finished painting of geraniums (which I stumbled upon while recently in San Miguel, Mexico) is an 8″ by 10″ study using Dreama’s method. I’ll use it to guide me through a larger painting in the future.
I’m also returning to the Thursday night artist fold at Herron. I have missed all the artists. We work from models that Frank continues to find for us. Thanks Franks, you’re the best!