Little Diva ~ portrait of my daughter

Little Diva ~  8″ x 10″ oil on panel
It’s wonderful, and amazing, how your children so completely steal your heart forever. I am in love with them like nothing else! I could paint them every day, they’re so incredibly beautiful and inspiring to me. I know that I see them through mommy goggles, and I’m afraid that others won’t see them like I do, but that doesn’t matter, does it? They’re mine:)
This is a portait of my beautiful daughter, Rhiannon. I’ve been meaning to paint this one for a long time. It is from a photo shoot I did when she was only two. I can’t believe she’s six now!  And she’s still obsessed with leopard print, lol! 
I am captivated by her grown up expression, her “diva” look…she seems to be the  embodiment of some glamorous fifties movie star in this pic. She was getting impatient with me, with the camera, and on the verge of getting tearful, and that shows a bit in the painting. Not so much in the photo. Strange how that works sometimes…
I realized when I painted this, that I am meant to paint people.  I know, I paint a lot of other things, because of market demand, but when I’m working on someone’s face is almost the only time I’m so completely absorbed and involved in a painting that it is hard to stop for anything. I go without lunch, I get irritated with bathroom interruptions…I just want to keep going until it’s finished! 
This painting will soon be on its way to the Federation Gallery in Vancouver. I was recently contacted by them and asked to send them half a dozen paintings because someone who bought my work last year was looking for more! Yay! Wish me luck…

The "Old-Time Hat"

The Old-Time Hat — 8″x10″ oil on canvas NFS
This was my son’s favorite hat for a while. We got it at Barkerville, an historic gold-mining village in Northern B.C. where they re-enact the history. He loves it there, and he calls this hat his “Old-Time Hat”.
This is another painting I finished yesterday in a few hours. I’m really focusing on being loose and painterly, and not thinking to much. It seems like if I can mostly keep my head out of my art and use my intuition, it turns out better. I still try to keep “the rules” in mind, but in the back somewhere…:)

The Irish Busker painting a day daily painting for ebay

“The Irish Busker” 8″x10″ oil on canvas

I came across this delightfully eccentric looking Irish busker in Galway, Ireland in September. I just had to take a picture. I finished painting him in one sitting while attending my table at the above mentioned Arts and Crafts Fair.
Oh yeah, bye the way…I went to Europe…for a month…ahem:) I forgot to mention it. I guess I was worried if I started to write about that trip, I wouldn’t be able to stop. I saw sooooo much! The Uffizzi, the “real” David, by Michelangelo…I climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa, I went for a Gondola ride in Venice, I saw Newgrange in Ireland, and Stonehenge in England…so much! If you want to see some Europe photos feel welcome to check out my Facebook album at: my facebook page.
Anyways, this painting is now for sale on ebay at a very special reduced starting bid, just for you christmas shoppers:) If you want to bid click on my ebay link in the scrolling gallery when the pic comes up. (My hubby is selling a whole bunch of music equipment too, if you’re interested.) Happy Bidding!

“Miss Wendle~Barkerville” 16 x 20″ oil on canvas

Here’s another of the previously “undercover” Barkerville paintings. I really liked the challenge with this one. The wrinkles in her shirt, the lace of the curtains, and the wallpaper patterning all gave me quite the hassle, but overall, I’m pretty happy with the result, although the paint took on a weird sheen in the far left where the glare is. The photo has quite a glare on the left hand side from the sheen that’s not really there, though. I have to re-take all of my art photos now that I have the use of a good camera.

AAAHHHRRRGGG!!!

I can’t believe it’s already been three weeks since my last post. Almost Daily Painting Blog is a little inaccurate at the moment. I must apologize. My brain is having a difficult time reacting to the actual passing of time. I’ll think, “Oh yeah, I have to do that this week.” But, it was actually last week I was supposed to do it, and I just haven’t caught up yet, do you catch my drift? It’s not that my life is crazy busy or anything. It’s just the normal stay at home mom, self-employed, wife and housekeeper thing..writing a book, doing school work, looking after children and husband, trying to keep the house clean and family fed, and oh yeah, paint! Maybe I’ve just faltered in the time management area…or is it the fact that basically since the time change, I’m back to living on four hours of sleep a night? (Whoever invented that wonderful thing didn’t have kids! Mine are still convinced that 4 a.m. is 5, etc…) Whatever it is, production has drastically been reduced, it’s down to just plain old surviving. Said assignment that was due is now very overdue, I had to call in for an extension…said commission is…well…it’s started. I have been painting this week, trying to get it done, and right now it’s at that stage, that awful, horrible, stage where I want to throw it out the window and start over! I worked for over an hour tonight, and it just seemed to make it worse and worse. Every brush-stroke created mud, and it felt like I had completely forgotten how to paint. I was doing things backwards, like working on little details first! I mean, come on Tahirih, I learned that stuff back in high school, and here I am, my little 01 paintbrush, painting a corsage before the jacket was even blocked in. Well, needless to say, I gave up in disgust.
What is it about a commission that makes it so difficult? Is it performance anxiety? I can whip off a painting for myself in about 4 hours some nights, and it turns out beautifully. As soon as it’s for someone who is paying me, it takes me longer than that to convince my ass into the studio. Then, I start painting corsages right of the bat, and forget what happens when you mix blue and yellow! Help!
Sorry no picture to post tonight, either. My high speed is down, and I’m suffering with very slow dial-up. It took me ten minutes just to log in to blogger.
Well, I certainly hope I have something to show you soon.
Goodnight all.