Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Aunty Georgia

I have been to trying to do more portraits recently. I have been actively trying to draw my friends and now have discovered an obvious oversight in my goal, my family. 

My Aunty Georgia was in town for a couple days, going to her doctor's appointments, then heading back home to Kona. We ate at Macaroni Grill and then went back to her hotel room to watch Here Comes the Boom on Pay-Per-View. We shared a really fun night.

During the night, I had her sit for a portrait. I am really happy with how it came out. It has a really nice likeness. I love everything about this drawing.

The color is very Aunty Georgia. Purple is indelibly linked in my mind to her, just like red is to my Mom. I love how I rendered her hands. It reminds me of the John Singer Sargent in the Art Academy at least in concept.

While it is hard to tell from the detail the most rendered areas of the painting are the flesh. The figures, hands, and faces are tightly rendered and painted with minute details. Everything else, the clothing and the chair, are painted with really quick brush strokes; I sort of played with that idea.

I had fun with the oil pastels. Using the limited colors to varied effect. The yellow ocher looks really good on the purple. I only used it on her hands but I think it looks really nice.  

"To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others."
 ~ Anne-Sophie Swetchine


  1. Richard, this portrait made me cry this morning. You have done a beautiful job capturing Aunty's beautiful heart.

    I love the hands, the channel of her unending generosity and kindness. And of course the pose and everything brings Grandma Dorothy alive for me.

    Thank you so much for doing this. More, please.

  2. Very nice. I am pleased to "meet" Aunt Georgia. Love you, Grammy