Author Archives: Kathy

Oil sketch of Toddy

oil sketch of Toddy

Oil sketch of Toddy, 5×5 inches on panel


Sketches from Caribbean

Here are a few watercolor sketches I did on our recent trip to Puerto Rico and the West Indies.

StKitts watercolor sketch StKitts watercolor sketch St Johns watercolor sketch Puerto Rico watercolor sketch


Commissioned Portrait of a Mother and Daughter

Here’s a recent portrait of “Kristin and Rylee” completed in oils on stretched linen, 22 x 30 inches.


By Kathy Maniscalco, October 2017, Santa Fe, New Mexico


“Ginger Boy” Cat Portrait (donation for SFAMF)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR December 17, 2017!!  (see invitation below)

Everyone’s invited!!!

Every year, the Santa Fe Artists’ Medical Fund organizes a Holiday Party and Silent Auction to raise additional resources for the Permanent Fund. More than 200 local artists donate artwork that are 6″ x 6″.  The funds that are raised are disbursed throughout the year to professional artists in Santa Fe with medical needs.

This year, my donation is a casein painting of Toddy, our “Ginger Boy” cat!

Ginger boy cat portrait donation





Bri and her dog Lucy

A recent commissioned portrait, “Bri and her dog Lucy”, 21 x 22 inches, oil on linen by Kathy Maniscalco.

Bri and Lucy


A Portrait of Two Sisters

Meet Caroline and Claire. They live in Minneapolis and their grandmother commissioned this portrait for the family.

Beautiful girls, smart, creative and bi-lingual (they speak French!). So, it was a joy to create a picture of them.

Here are the reasons I love painting portraits:  I feel as if they are keeping me company in the studio, haha, and because of the joy it will bring the family for generations to come.

Caroline and Claire portrait


Playing with Paint – Imagination

Hello Everyone and I wish you a prosperous and healthy 2016!

Angel procession Abstract flowers Santa Fe Night Sky Angel collage piece Poppy Field Love felt but unseen

There are times when I must breakaway from classical portraiture and just play so here are a few pictures done completely freestyle from my imagination. The practice is perfect for experimenting with new techniques and ideas.



2015 Santa Fe Artists Relief Fundraiser Event

Hello Everyone,

This is a very late post, but nonetheless wanted to share a few pics from the annual Santa Fe Relief Fund Art Auction, held at Blue Rain Gallery.  I donated this piece (below), “Angel of Faith” to this EXCITING and WORTHY event and was glad to do it!

The gallery was filled to the brim with artists, patrons, friends, and families viewing and bidding on over one hundred pieces of art, no larger than 6 x 6 inches.



“Angel of Faith”, 6 x 6 inches, oil and gold leaf on cradled wood panel

Angel of Faith

Side view, edges in gold


Art Sketch Journal – Italy Trip

Hi Everyone,

I recently took a trip to Italy with my dear friend Bonnie and for the first time while traveling, brought my watercolor sketch kit and journal along.

What great fun to sit, relax and sketch.  After much walking, it feels good to immerse oneself in the energy of the moment without moving. I remember the details of the place when I sketch it.

CLICK HERE to see my sketching in Italy photos

Campo sketch

Campo sketch


Portrait of a Young Woman

Hi Everyone –

Had some questions about the process I played with for this painting of a young woman so I’m posting progression photos – this painting experiment was fun but in no way would I say this is archival.
Painted on paper with 2 layers of fixative. Creating was FUN, just working without much plan, letting things develop as I went along. Slathering the paint on with a knife and then sculpting into it with a brush…

My spirit may be freeing up!


Finished painting


Piling on paint with palette knife


Blocked in


Charcoal sketch on paper. Acrylics for black and orange. You can see how my charcoal drawing smeared … reclaimed the drawing using paint up until the end.