Thursday, May 10, 2012

Painting in the studio...

I've been painting a lot.  That happens every May as the children approach summer vacation.  I'm in panic mode: too many ideas, not enough time to paint them all!  And to make it worse: I keep taking MORE pictures and getting MORE ideas!  I can't even finish a series of paintings before I want to move onto the next one.

Deep breath.

In addition to some of these you see here, I'm finishing a few commissions as well, and starting new commissions next week.

Let me know if you'd like to babysit so I can finish :)


From Wednesday night.  Lovely model posed like she's on a very boring date.  She's holding a glass of red wine.  The working title is "Boredom Buster"

The MOST fabulous young lady was walking near my art studio and I forced myself to go up to her and ask her if I could paint her - isn't she wonderful?!


Then when I was shoe shopping this adorable pose was struck by a mom and her baby girl - she's actually laughing in the picture because that's a really awkward position when someone shouts out "Hold it! I have to paint that!" and then it takes me three minutes to turn on my iphone camera...

And when I'm not painting, I'm teaching - and my students are doing so well!  A couple works in progress...




6 comments:

Helen H Trachy said...

The lady in the blue chair...she is fabulous! Congrat! :)

Vanessa said...

Gorgeous work! How do you find such a great balance with detail. I notice that you don't get caught up in drawing the details of faces an instead focus on the "scene as a whole"... do you have any advice when it comes to know what's ok to leave out and not loose the feel of the picture. I'd love to get to that stage!

Wax Beach Artist said...

Your work is fantastic! I love the lady with the phone. It is such a great shot and really shows the times we are in. As always your paintings are superb! your students are doing well too...a sign of a great teacher!

Kristina Havens said...

Vanessa...yes, it can be difficult to avoid painting the face. In fact the first thing I said to the artist next to me during our first drawing break was "why are you painting her face? You still have composition problems to work out" (I really wasn't that abrupt...but you know what I mean!) To me, in my work and when I teach, the most important thing is to see the big picture - details should be at the very end.

Peter Lee said...

Lovely paintings!
I'm glad I stumbled onto your blog because I'm focusing on figurative paintings myself too.

del Carmen said...

In the first pairing, I don't see the lady as bored at all. I think she's looking relaxed and even slightly seductive, as she leans into the table and hold the wine glass closer to her bossom.

The other model off the street is fantastic. She is a nontraditional subject model, yet so beautiful and vibrant. Excellent painting. If I were her I'd buy it right off!