Mona + X

My take on two famous portraits. I gave Mona a gaunt look with a square jaw. I interpreted the profile of Sargeant’s fabulous Madam X.

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Mona + X, acrylics on Canson 300# paper, 70 x 50 cm, 28 x 20″

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Woman with a Pearl Earing

Vermeer’s Girl With A Pearl Earring inspired this painting. My referenced reminded me of his fabulous and famous piece. However there are major differences. He bathed her face in light, but here it is gently swathed in shadow with highlights produced by the light coming from the side. The background is lighter and more varied than Vermeer’s traditionally dark surface.

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Woman With Pearl Earring, acrylics on Canson 300# paper, 70 x 50 cm, 28 x 20″

Lidereses- Live Your Dreams, painting for Spain’s Woman’s Day

The annual Day of the Woman is March 3. In Picanya, a small town on the outskirts of Valencia, the Dones de Picanya (Valencino for The Women of Picanya) organize an annual street art event. My contribution is called Lidereses, Women Leaders, consists of five paintings of women engaged in leadership activities.

When I was young there was little information about potential careers. At that time, women became mothers, teachers or nurses. There were very few doctors, lawyers, scientists, etc. You have to talk to young people, especially girls, about the opportunities that can be their’s. You start with a dream. I want to be this or that. Then you learn about what it takes to become what you want to be.

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With Nuria in Picanya. She appears in the lower right painting.

Last year’s contribution, Live Your Dreams, is here

Castle on the Sambre II

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Castle on the Sambre II, 24 x 32 cm/ 9 1/2 x 12″ watercolors

Aboard our boat Viking we cruised the canals and rivers of Northern France and Belgium. Chateau, forests, hills, water scenes at every turn. I depicted scenes such as this in a style mixing realism, impressionism and expressionism. This is a second version of this gorgeous and charming bit of history on the Sambre.