Thursday, February 21, 2008

Stacy Baxter


This is a water color portrait I just finished today. Stacy was an art rep. for me here in the Sacramento area until she took on a more lucrative job selling for a major medical drug company. Before she left, She graciously posed for me so I could use the photos as reference material for my water color portrait workshops. I teach both black and white to get my students started after which they graduate to a full color workshop. This was painted on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press water color paper approximately 12"X17". The good news is that it takes me about an hour to complete a portrait this size. The bad news is that water color paintings cannot be corrected very well, so if you blow it, you have to toss it and start all over again. This is the challenge of working in water color!

14 comments:

Bill Sharp said...

Beautiful watercolor. I really like the calm clear eye.

BTW, I heard the Fabriano had been bought and the Artistico paper changed for the worse. I was curious if you'd noticed that.

David Lobenberg said...

Bill: I LOVE painting eyes. I purchased at a huge discount from Dick Blick about 2-3 yrs. ago, five packs of what was then called "Fabriano Uno". It was about then that the name went back to "Artistico". I guess that's when the Fabriano company was purchased.

Don Gray said...

Terrific watercolor, David. I really enjoy your work. Thanks for kind comments on my blog.

Cooper Dragonette said...

Dynamite David! What terrific light!
Thanks for your kind note on my blog too.

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks Don. Again, you have some very nice paintings on your blog

David Lobenberg said...

Cooper:Thank you for the comment about "terrific light" on this one. I appreciate such a comment , because the quality of light in your work is terrific!

amber said...

Wow this is really great!!!

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks Amber. You have a close up, tilted up profile photo of yourself similar to mine! I just posted last Saturday's water color workshop I conducted where we painted this subject (Stacy) from a reference photo that I had taken.

David Lloyd said...

Really nice work David, as usual.

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks David. I do most of my portrait paintings in acrylic, because if the client wants a change, I can do it without having to start all over again as I need to do 90% of the time in water color. But h2o sure is puurrty, ain't it!?

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Very well done. Loose, with just the right amount of detail.

David Lobenberg said...

You nailed this one Mary...it's what I think most of us strive for...loose with just enough detail. Ahh, if only I could get to that point more often!

BarrettManning.com said...

Hi David. . .I love the one of Stacy Baxter. . .She was my art rep but then i lost contact with her. . great job. . Stacy is a sweetie:)

David Lobenberg said...

Stacy is back selling for a pharmaceutical company, and lives with her hubby up in the far reaches of N. CA.