Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A 45-minute head study

My husband Steve and I had the wonderful privilege of flying back to our home state of Wisconsin this last weekend for a 5-day reprieve from the hot Texas weather. We had a wonderful visit with family and friends, including two days at Steve's family cabin near Hayward, right on the Chippewa Flowage (where the world record muskie was caught, in case you were interested). Aside from enjoying numerous boat rides, home-cooked meals, and Cribbage games, I got to sit down with my father-in-law, Dale, and paint his portrait. We didn't have a lot of time, so I did a quick head study. I'm going to finish it here in my studio, but it was exciting to work from life and somehow capture a small piece of his personality. He is the perfect subject - curly hair, glasses, round cheeks, and a handlebar mustache. What more could a portrait artist ask for??



  1. Hi Anna! How do you keep painting board on the other board? I would appreciate your advice. Thanks. N.

    1. Hi N... I'm not sure what you're asking. Can you clarify the question?

    2. Thank you Anna for writing me back. My question is about the board, you were kept on the photo for painting of your father-in-law.What kind board and how did you use or just keep by your hand.Thank you! Your blog is so amazing and helpful!


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