January 31, 2012

HHG Mug Shot #10 - 'Eagle Eye'

"Betsy 'Eagle Eye' Stevenson. She is deceptively innocent looking. She is a frequent world traveler who has been know to shoot in Italy and France as well as throughout the United States. Along with being an expert shot our sources say she may well just set up an easel and capture images on site. Beware of easels in the field...easels on the beach...beware! We know is she is armed with a SLR and dangerous to those who don’t want to be immortalized on canvas."
Maria Hock, fellow member of the HHG

 Betsy 'Eagle Eye' Stevenson - MS011
Oil, 4'' x 4''

This was an... interesting painting experience. First I really wanted to do Betsy justice (yes, pun intended, Betsy!). Then I didn't really have a lot of time as I was chatting with my studio partner instead of painting. And than - and that is so typically me - I only sqeezed out the smallest amount of paint, and only some seven colors. Don't know why.
And of course the mugshot started out strange, got stranger, suddenly turned around and actually look almost great. And of course I kept painting and the mugshot took another turn and tried to go down the awkward road again. I hope I stopped it in time.
This mug would definitely have profitted from more time, but with all of those small 4x4 mugs I only do one painting session (however long or short) and don't go back to it. For better or for worse...


  1. She looks great! I love the hair and the way you painted the eyes. Lovely mug!

  2. She looks wonderful! You did a great job with the colors and hair, her expression .... it's all good!!

  3. Thanks Maria, Suzanne and Linda - appreciate the feedback!

  4. I like this one. It has a nice soft quality.

  5. Were the seven colors a classic palette? (Ultramarine blue, Vermillion red, Cad.yellow, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ochre, White, Black)? Or something equivalent? That takes some courage after we've spent so much time luxuriating in the mega-palette! And I'm so familiar with the sequence you described - bad, worse, better...etc. Well darling girl, you clearly stopped in time! Very soft, very loose, very nice!

    1. Terri, it was similar to the classic palette, though I must admit I didn't really think about the colors that way - Cad Red, Burnt Sienna, Cad Yellow, Pale Yellow, Cobalt Blue, White, Black and some Violet.

      Thanks for commenting - it's always difficult to find the right moment to stop with a painting...

  6. Your paintings are beautiful. I like it a lot.


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