Almost done, just adding dark and light details to better define the shapes.
While working with fellow artists on achieving a better level of realism in my watercolor portraits this was my first attempt at Ben’s watercolor portrait in three progressive shots.wash backgroundbegin values interiormore interior values…
At this point, three fellow artists’ suggested “start over”. Focus on the face and reflection instead. I agreed, so start over it is.
In October 2007 these paintings were donated to “Holy Family Hospital” and placed in their Shamrock Gala auction, “Don’t Rush a Good Thing I304”, “Seven Horse Spirits K404”, and “Koolau’s Haiku K504”.
The mystery of where the 3 missing paintings ended up afterwards begins after they are placed in Holy Family Hospital’s initial “Shamrock Gala” fundraiser auction. The event was held at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane WA in March of 2008. A beautiful affair that I was graciously given a ticket to attend. Tuxedos and formal dinner attire were required to a sit down meal with table center pieces that had tree branches painted gold, foliage and tubular lights intertwined. I have a souvenir wine glass from the event pictured below, “Latah Creek” and “Shamrock Gala” on it. Here is a link to more information about the event that was rec’d later.
Two paintings, “Don’t Rush a Good Thing I304 and Seven Horse Spirits K404” were not sold at the auction and I don’t know what became of them. Contacting the hospital to request information about their outcomes has not been successful in locating them so far.
One of the paintings did find a home, “Koolau’s Haiku K504” was purchased during the course of this auction by a sweet couple who I was able to meet afterwards. I recall that they live somewhere here is Spokane WA but I regret that I never did think to get their names or contact information when I was introduced to them.
I would like to be able to locate these missing children (lost oil paintings) from the beginning time period of my oil rub-outs career so I can complete the information for my records. I wouldn’t mind seeing them again also. Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions you may have to help locate them.
Where are they now? I don’t know. Do You?
I would like to be able to locate these three lost oil rub-out-oils. Not knowing where they are almost feels like a missing child to an artist. Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions you may have to help locate them.
BTW. Four foot wide just doesn’t fit inside small vehicles for transport. These large guys had to travel on top of my Subaru, wrapped in tarps and tied down for the trip. This is where I learned that, “Size really does matter!”
These beginning large “rub-out oil” paintings had been admired by many who attended the art shows I was in
There were often returning prospective collectors obviously in the throes of decision making, some even following me from one show to the next measuring and discussing transportation possibilities. This was followed by phone calls and emails. But the interest did not result in sales and as time went on it became apparent that there was going to be an insurmountable difficulty in finding anyone with a large enough home or business space to hang these 4ft x 4ft paintings.
Back at the studio, things became more and more cramped in my studio as my husband and I continued to build a new home and after work and on weekends. Every time I returned from a show I found myself repairing these large paintings because they were getting scratched and dinged during transport.
I had to decide to donate the 3 largest oil paintings to charity because they were too difficult for me to move around show-to-show and find enough storage space for them in-between the shows.
After the Louis Maestas seminar weekend in 2004, I felt totally inspired and no longer afraid of using oil paints in my studio. Lou had told me that he could see that I already had what it takes, and I should use my talents now. He suggested some next steps to take and advised that I “just start doing large oils”. My husband was inspired too by meeting him and seeing his beautiful work, so he went into action building self framing large board canvases to paint on. I textured the first canvas’ right away and began painting from the heart.
There was a total of 4 really large ones that I did immediately after the weekend spent learning with Louis Maestas. One of these large northwest landscape oils was entitled, “Horseshoe Lake Boat Reflections L604“. It was sold to a local collector so my records are complete and I know it’s present day location.
My small studio became very busy and full of drying oils as I went on the road applying at and touring art galleries, and setting up my art at events.
Artist’s are allowed to make adjustments to make the composition work better. Thank Goodness.
Two young ladies standing by a garden light post. The reference photograph has the girls standing on different ground levels and the light post is positioned right between their heads. Kind of seems to interfere with my seeing their faces. So the layout is adjusted so that they are on the same ground level and the post is raised a little higher in height to not interfere so much.
Here is stage 1: