Saturday, July 8, 2017


20x16 Oil on linen panel

Subject matter: Samantha is actually 6'2" in her bare feet. She's lovely! I truly enjoyed painting her and hope to do a full-body painting at a later date. So, if you're still looking for some stranger portraits to hang in your house or office, consider Samantha. I wish that a photo (taken with an iPhone 7 Plus) could accurately show you the nice glow of her skin in this painting. It really is much better in person.

Surface: This is painted on a 20x16" Senso linen panel with a 1/8" profile.

Friday, July 7, 2017


20x16 Oil on linen panel

Subject matter: A few days ago I started posting again after a bit of a break. I wasn't resting during this break; I was learning! I know that people rarely purchase portraits of strangers but this portrait was painted from a live model in my portrait class and so I thought, why not? I am pleased with this one and she was a wonderful model. So if you are looking to fill your walls with strangers, this might be the one for you. Or if not, wait for more to come.

Surface: This is painted on a 20x16" Senso linen panel with a 1/8" profile.

Thursday, July 6, 2017


16x12 Pastel on paper

Subject matter and process: This was my second pastel painting. I have been watching an accomplished artist in my figure drawing class use PanPastels to draw. So I finally purchased some, watched some You tube videos on using them and did a portrait of my husband. (See below. He wasn't sleeping but reading from his iPad in his recliner!). Then a fellow student in my drawing class said to try my next one on some better pastel paper and insisted I take a piece. Maya was the result. I am very pleased at how it came out. It felt as if it practically painted itself. I guess Maya (the real cat) was just so inspiring! Seriously, with the right paper and a little luck, PanPastels are incredibly fun.

Next steps: Now I just need to practice and learn how to preserve and frame them. Here's the lowdown: Oils are a bit messy because of the medium and clean-up, but relatively easy to frame. And unless you rip the canvas, they are practically indestructible. PanPastels (no experience with the other kinds) are easy to clean up but very delicate. I have already decided I don't like spray fixative (tried it on my Rick Reading one, so I will need to learn how to handle them so they don't smear. But I'm excited because it's so much fun to try something new. Pastel can never replace oils for me, but it's a nice change of pace. And I can use pastels to make studies for my oil paintings.

Materials: I used gray toned Canson Mi-Tientes paper and PanPastels.

Rick Reading-PanPastel