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!
This is a recent commission of a gorgeous, red standard poodle named “Olive Noel”. Almost life size, the picture is 34″ x 26″ and is painted in oils on Belgian linen.
Here’s what her guardian, Sarah, had to say about it:
“I got my stunningly beautiful Christmas present yesterday…a portrait of my baby, Olive Noel!! Kathy Maniscalco is a portrait artist from Santa Fe and her work is so beautiful!! My parents and I commissioned this piece from her and couldn’t be more happy or thrilled with it…informally, we’re calling it ‘Puppy in the Poppies!’ Check out Kathy’s other work at her studio website maniscalcofineart.com. Thank you for creating such a beautiful portrait that captures Olive’s personality so perfectly, Kathy!!! I just LOVE it!!!”
I will be participating in an auction to raise funds for the Santa Fe Artists Emergency Medical Relief Fund. See invitation below for details…
About $25,000 is typically raised at this event, where local artists turn out to support their own. At the artist-dominated gathering, which is open to the public, original 6″ x 6″ paintings, sculptures, and jewelry are donated to raise funds in a silent auction. The beneficiaries are professional artists in medical or dental crisis, with the Santa Fe Community Foundation administering the funds. The Santa Fe Artists Emergency Medical Fund was founded by artist Armond Lara after a discussion with Doug Higgins and Mark Spencer. “As far as we know, it’s the only organization like this in New Mexico that’s done by the artists, for the artists,” says Lara. The event has been held over the years at Lara’s studio, Munson Gallery, Ventana Fine Art, Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, and currently, Yares Art Projects.
This painting of “Gus” is 12 x 12 inches, oil on archival cotton rag paper, mounted to an archival panel.
Quick sketch in oil directly on paper.
Basic drawing shapes and lay-in with warm and cool colors. At this point I only used ultramarine blue, cad red light and white.
Continue to adjust the drawing and the values.
STEP 4 – COMPLETED PORTRAIT
Details added to fur, eyes, nose and edges.
This commissioned portrait now hangs in Minneapolis, in the home of Caroline’s grandmother. I painted Caroline’s sister Claire too, when she was a little baby. They are the sweetest sisters.
In October 2012 this portrait was exhibited at the Portrait Society of America “Facing the Muse” show in Albuquerque, NM.
Maia, a darling girl, always smiling and friendly. At the time of the sitting for this portrait, she had a huge collection of lip glosses in her purse which she showed me and let me smell. She really is a little princess.
“Portrait of Maia” (La Princesa) is 14×18 inches, oil on linen.
Like so many other pet lovers, we think our kitty is one of the sweetest girls around! So this year I decided to paint a portrait of our Snickers. She’s getting older now so when I found this photo, I thought it would be a fantastic reference. (see reference photo below)
Here’s a little painting of my studio mate when he was just a puppy. Hard to believe Copper is almost 11 months old now. We can’t imagine life without him. He didn’t enjoy being the model in this somewhat “imaginative pose”. He especially didn’t want to wear the hat or hold the brushes!
“My Studio Mate, Copper” is 11 x 14 inches, oil on panel.
Please feel free to inquire about commissioning your pet’s portrait. I am happy to chat with you about your ideas and can make suggestions depending on your requirements and budget. Fees start at $595 for an 11 x 14 inch oil on canvas panel.
This beautiful church is located only a hop, skip and a jump away from my studio – what a joy to be able to head into the preserve and have such a wonderful vantage point while painting.
Here’s a painting done mostly on location. The Galisteo Basin is only 10 minutes from my studio. Below the mountain is the small village of Lamy, NM, where the Amtrak train stops at the old station. There’s a shuttle into town, so if you are ever traveling to Santa Fe, be sure to look into Amtrak for an adventure.