Monday, January 17, 2011

"Lil' Dude"




















5 x 8 oil on canvas panel nfs

Ok...I'm going to be in so much trouble with
this post! I rarely do figure painting. The last
one I did was of my oldest son, Mike, in his Superman
T-Shirt. I promised my daughter-in-law that the
next one would be of my youngest son, Mark
And I really wanted to! But when Angela Elledge
posted that the theme for this month's
challenge
on her site, "Some Texas Artists Like To Paint"
was
"Cowboy Up", I immediately knew the photo reference

I had to use. I'm sorry, Alisha, but I didn't have any photos
of Mark in a cowboy hat and boots! I looked through all of
my photos hoping to find one I could adapt of Mark but knew
this one of Mike was perfect for the challenge.

My Dad always wore his cowboy hat and boots. Mike idolized
his Grandpa and as soon as he could talk he started demanding his
own hat and boots. This photo was taken when he was around
2 years old and it's one of my all-time favorites of him.

Mark, I promise, I'll do 2 paintings of you to make up for the imbalance!

29 comments:

Dana Cooper said...

I don't know why you don't do more figure painting Gwen, this is wonderful...Mark and Alisha will forgive you!

Sheila said...

this is ADORABLE!!! I can't stop smiling gazing at this wonderful portrait...I second Dana's suggestion of doing more figure painting.

Clarabela said...

This is such a cute picture of Michael. You should do more figure painting. You really captured the little boy I remember.

Jenna said...

I sooo get it! I haven't started a painting I'm dyin' to do 'cause I know I'll hear about it from my son. I have one grandchild whose face I love to paint. But I have 9 other grandkids (and their parents) who might get bent noses if I do another one of her before them. I was thinking about it all day and then saw your post and had to laugh. So many people, so little time. This little cowboy painting of yours is simply precious! Good luck with the contest.

martinealison said...

Vous devriez davantage faire des peintures figuratives... Celle-ci est magnifique et il y a tant d'amour révélateur qui s'en dégage...
Bisous

sam said...

Thats a lovely portrait Gwen, great pose)

rahina q.h. said...

you've captured his expression so well here and the handling of the background just works so well. great piece Gwen!

Virginia Floyd said...

What a cute picture of your son! I love the bottom on the boots! Great composition.

carol morgan carmichael said...

Love this Gwen. Priceless!

Carol Blackburn said...

Oh he's simply adorable, Gwen. Wonderful job! Love the way you painted him fidgeting with his fingers, too.

Dors said...

Hope you are forgiven Gwen..

Great painting. you are so versatile.

Layne Cook said...

It's kind of fun to take a break from still life, isn't it? While you were painting,did your mind wander to thoughts of your little boy? That's what happened to me when I painted my grandmother. You did a marvelous job on this, Gwen.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

it's fabulous and I just want to say that your paintings are getting better and better.
I am going to take the plunge and tackle some fabric with patterns.
We'll see how I do.
Also, I got another notice from linkedin which I was sure I'd already registered for. I'll do it again though.

mary maxam said...

Yes,this is charming...more, more!

Susan E. Roden said...

Lil' Dude is cute - in a big Texan way! You captured a wonderful essence in such a small format Gwen. Precious...

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Is he still cute? All the good looking guys already taken.
What a sweet face.
Also I love your stories with the piece a great combo.

Karen Bruson said...

This came out great. Darling painting. More figures!

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Oh he's wonderful!!! So, so cute!!

DEB said...

:) You WILL be in trouble, I bet! Great painting. But if I may - You are Gwen Bell, queen of patterned fabrics. I think this Lil Dude, or the next one, needs a colorful bandana to really put the Gwen Bell mark on it! He's very handsome without it too, though!

Angela Elledge said...

Gosh darn, thanks for the credit, but that wasn't my challenge topic. ;-)

This is just perfect and I agree, you must do more figure paintings, love it!!!

hmuxo said...

Okay Gwen...this is so not you..I LOVE IT! You paint everything to perfection. He's adorable!!

Dean H. said...

Absolutely wonderful, Gwen!

Alisha said...

You're in BIG trouble! Michael - 2; Mark - 0 :(

I'm joking. It's beautiful. Great job.

The best things come to those who wait so that means a wall size mural of Mark is coming soon. I've got to start making room in my living room ;)

Julie Hill said...

Wonderful!

liz wiltzen said...

Really love this Gwen, so sweet!

Candace X. Moore said...

Outstanding, Gwen. Always a little uneasy outside the comfort zone. This is such a successful portrait, very convincing. You've got a great eye for composition and I love the tonal quality. Jealous :o)

Fay Akers said...

I can see why you couldn't resist.
It came out wonderful too.

Barbara M. said...

Hi Gwen,

What a great painting. As the mother of two boys you made me laugh with your promise to right the balance. I think the paintings of my guys equal in number. Not sure.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxBarbara

Kim said...

Gwen - this is great. Look at those hands!! Beautiful fingers! Skill! I laughed at yours and Barbara's comments: still having to keep things even : ) I know it well.