A question I was frequently asked about the red-heads was, "How do you find your subjects?" Finding people to paint for this project was part of the adventure. It seemed almost everyone knew someone who has red hair. Lots of adorable little girls! How to choose?!
For the exhibit I wanted to include a variety of ages, males and females, child to adult. A nine year old boy was a little difficult to track down, but an acquaintance of a man my husband talked to put me in contact with his mother. I met a beautiful woman at a party, and she kindly agreed to pose. I drove to Cambridge to meet with the granddaughter of a friend of a friend, who was visiting from the Chicago area. There was a young man I sat next to at a charity dinner a few years ago who I knew I wanted to paint when I was ready to work on this project. I connected with him through the wife of one of my husband's coworkers. She also modeled for the project. There is the roommate of my son at the Naval Academy, a local celebrity, the husband of a fellow artist, a dog, a shopper at a farmers' market, and today's model, a friend's sister's brother-in-law! I also had several photos emailed to me, but I wanted to limit the subjects to people I actually met in person.
The last touches go on the last painting TODAY!
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Not all red-heads are human - there are birds, fish, and dogs also. I met this dog while visiting a woman for the red-head project. Their hair was the same color! The breed is called a Pharaoh Hound, thought to be like the dogs depicted in Egyptian paintings. They are not a common sight here in Minnesota, as their fur is very short. I liked the way the dog looked and it did pose nicely for me. The backlit profile was especially striking. The other elements were added for fun!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
This barn is a favorite of mine and has been featured in several paintings. This is the most recent, painted on location at Gibbs Farm Museum during their Apple Festival. There are three white buildings on the site and I've painted them all! Each one has its own personality. The prairie that they are set in changes with the seasons, and on this gorgeous day the fiery maple, golden grasses and blue sky really set this barn off well.