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Day 10 – Portrait of my neighbor

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A few years ago, I got a zany idea that I would like to do portraits of a bunch of my neighbors. The first neighbor I tried went back to her home country and it took almost 2 years to get her to pose (she is the mother in law of my neighbor and visits here a month or so every year). The next neighbor was this gentleman. It seems he was shy and I was shy and it took a force of God (his wife) to finally get him to pose for some reference photos. I am happy about how it came out.. and she is too. This is a full sized portrait. I do portrait commissions of people and pets too. In case you’re interested. Thanks for all your comments, I really appreciate them.

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Day 9 – Silvana at the beach

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I went to Daniel Smith with my sister yesterday and to my great delight, I discovered that they were again selling handmade paper from India! It is sold under a new name,Khadi, but it seemed to be very similar to the old stuff, so I bought some of it. I was excited to try it out, so I did, with my face of the day; Silvana. Silvana is a beautiful cousin of mine. I did not do her justice, so I will try again. but I LOVE this paper!
Thanks to everyone leaving comments. I love getting comments and am trying to visit as many other participants’ blogs as I can.

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Day 7 – Thomas Moore – poet

7thomasmooreWhen you are drawing a historical personage, you are at the mercy of the previous artist’s work. Thomas Moore died before there were photographs, so I picked the portrait that looked most lifelike as my reference, but I was never happy with it. Thomas Moore was a singer, songwriter, poet, and entertainer. He toured the USA and briefly met President Thomas Jefferson, who mistook him for a child. I guess Thomas Moore was rather short. His most famous poem/song is “Last Rose of Summer” Like Mary Shelley, he too suffered the loss of his children. He lost all of them. Thomas Moore is one of the two people who destroyed Lord Byron’s memoirs after his death. I really wish I knew why they thought they needed to do that!

The Last Rose of Summer – for your listening enjoyment, here is a great rendition of this song.

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Day 6 – at a book reading

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I mentioned yesterday that it was easy to sketch someone who was working on the computer. It is so much harder to sketch someone who is not only reading, but animatedly acting out what she is reading. Nicola is an actress who married a potter in Concrete, Washington. She wrote a book about their life. It is called “How to Make a Pot in 14 Easy Lessons”
Tomorrow, a completed portrait painting.

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Day 5 – Lyle at the computer

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One of the things I have discovered is that people in front of computers really don’t move much, they are perfect models for a quick sketch. He didn’t even know I was drawing him until I showed him the finished product. I am now working on a watercolor, maybe it will be finished in time for tomorrow.

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