February was a month of portraits. This is a portrait of my eleven year old son. I love this age between young adult and child. There’s so much love, innocence and potential all wrapped up in a beautiful face. This is 24″x 30″ acrylic on canvas.
Copyright Wendy Kwasny 2018. All rights reserved.
I’ve been painting for 36+ years, and I’m a fast painter. I usually know whether a painting is coming together within the first few hours. This painting was much more of a struggle for me.
I haven’t painted large in a while, preferring to do smaller paintings that I can fit into my life, but there’s something wonderful and freeing about painting large portraits. I painted this one quickly, in class, but when I got it home I realized the face was all wrong. So I repainted it, and made it worse. Then, later, I gesso’d over the face only, redrew it all together and repainted it again over the next few days. This was a very different approach for me since I usually finish painting in 1-2 sessions.
I enjoyed taking the time to get something I was really happy with. I’m still looking at it and squinting, but I think I’ll stop touching it, put the brush down and back away slowly.
Acrylic on canvas, 24″x 30″ copyright 2018
I’m back in class at Art on 30th and I love the group and flow of class this time around. It’s much more “studio time” with and open critique at the end than a class, which is exactly what I need. I finished up this painting a few weeks back and love the combo of underpainting, drawing and more finished look for a mixed media finish. I hope to do more work exploring these principles. acrylic on canvas 18″ x 24″
I wanted to work on a more abstract-ish figurative acrylic painting tonight. I used large brushes to try and keep things loose. This was a fun painting to do and I'm happy with the results.
I’m thrilled to return to show my work at OBR Gallery for Ray at Night Art Walk. This show will be a collection of all new artwork from this past year. Please join me on opening night:
September 9th, 2017
6pm-10pm at OBR.
I’ve been exploring a new direction lately, using mixed media and acrylic paints. You’ll want to check these out in person. Here’s a small sampling of what will be exhibited. I hope to see you there!
Succulents on Burlap
I’m pleased that “Bikini Body” was selected to be in the Ashton Gallery Rainbow Exhibit. You can see my painting in the upstairs gallery by the beautiful Artist Studios. Come by and check out this artwork along with the other artists showing. It’s a gorgeous show.
In the upstairs gallery space