This past Christmas we continued the tradition and added my youngest niece to our group. I continue to be amazed by their dedication and competence. Often they would be in the studio painting before I was. They know their colors, (including the obscure ones I have), but more importantly, they put their heart into their pieces ......and it shows.
I am proud to present the wonderful work from this past Christmas.
|Amanda Katie Audrey|
|Olivia ........starting to mix her paints for her horse|
|2 of the 4 butterflies painted by Olivia Besse, age 9|
|The mohair tail and mane were added later|
|horse painted by Olivia Besse, age 9|
Well done Olivia!!!
Amanda was set to complete her little bee-eater from last year. And my, what a beautiful painting it is. Her deft touch with the feathers and the depth of the eye really make this little guy come alive.
|Original oil painting by Amanda Susman, age 14 7" X 8"|
Audrey arrived a little sooner than her cousins and was game to try Daniel Smith's metallic gold gesso. For her subject she chose one of our calliope hummingbirds which I photographed last summer. Each day I marveled at her piece. Audrey's finished painting is simply gorgeous! (Note: the background is a metallic gold. Click on the photo and you can better see the gold.)
|Original oil painting by Audrey Besse, age 14 7" X 9.5"|
Katie followed her cousin's lead and also decided to use gold gesso. Before anyone would get going in the morning, Katie would be in the studio painting. Browns are a tough color to work with but Katie did a superb job creating the nuances of this horse's hair. Well done Katie! You put a lot of your heart into this piece.
|Original oil by Katie Susman, age 15 11" X 8"|