Monday, April 22, 2013

Sharing Models

     My second day in Florence I was stumbling about my new surroundings with jetlag in my head and surprisingly I saw a familiar face.  I recognized beyond a doubt a model for at least 2 paintings I’d seen in art magazines here in the States.  At the time, he was living under the front eaves of a church between San Frediano and the Ponte Vecchio.  After I lived in Florence for a year, I added my own painting of Hans to the big photo book he carried of all the artworks he’d sat for.  He’d show up to model with his plastic water bottle full of red wine and a fountain of interesting stories from his life.  I was working with Rebecca Harp in her studio at that time and we painted side by side. This is a common practice as painters can share model fees and use everyone's time to the best advantage.

     I also have a sketch of a fellow art student, a French woman named Lucie, that I know modeled for several artists including Toby Wright from the Florence Academy of Art.  I didn't see his paintings until after I had done my drawing.  You can see that Lucie has a striking profile accented with hoop earrings!  We even chose the same basic pose.
"Lucie" by Toby Wright

"Lucie In Profilo" by Thimgan Hayden
"Lucie In The Mirror" by Toby Wright

  I’m also including a portrait painted by Harry Durdin-Robertson (Ireland) at the same time that I was working on “Her Name Is Allegory” (a painting of mine loosely inspired by the story of Lucretia).

"Alessia" by Harry Durdin-Robertson

"Her Name Is Allegory" by Thimgan Hayden
 It isn’t unusual to see pieces based on the same models by different artists. Some models, like the previously mentioned Hans become legendary in artistic circles. You might find yourself hoping you GET to paint “so-and-so”! 
Thanks to Toby and Harry for letting me use images of their work.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Wallflowers and Wallpaper

I have once again fallen behind terribly at updating the blog.  There are so many things to juggle in life, not to mention actually painting!
After getting back from Italy, Joseph and I bought a little brick house that we fell in love with, our teenage daughter got Chicken Pox, and we had to have one of our dogs put to sleep.  Then of course we get to settle into the new old house and repair some things.
The big loss with moving from our former place was the big studio in-home.  Now I paint smaller pieces at home in any room I feel like using (usually the kitchen), and share AESTHETICS STUDIO with a couple of fellow artists in a local arts cooperative building for portraits and figures.

Why Wallpaper and Wallflowers? (the title of this post)
Well, the Wallpaper is obvious.

and "Wallflowers"
is the playful but woefully negative word I seized upon for my current work theme.  I think my work has a solitary sweetness to it that sort of resonates with the word "wallflower". Since I often paint portraits of flowers-it also has a bit of tongue-in-cheek mixed in there.  You can see more of the recent pieces that bloom under this theme on my website's Current Works page at: