Monday, October 20, 2008

My Baby Sister

I'm working on the last three water color paintings for The Three Sisters Restaurant. This is my little sister Rosaretta Hildago Consuella Cinco De Mayo Lobenberg. She is a member of the Turlock Folklorica California Mexicana Dance Group. I'm quite proud of her! In fact, so is her other older brother, Billy Joe Bob Lobenberg. I started with her head first, because if I failed there and had to start a new painting, I wouldn't have any time invested in the rest of it (i.e. the complicated dress!) The goddess of art fortunately smiled down on me and guided my hand into painting a successful likeness of Rosaretta. I then proceeded to render her dress and complete the painting. Like the other three paintings, this one is on a full sheet of 140lb cold press Fabriano Artistico water color paper.

19 comments:

Nava said...

What a diverse family you have - and we get to meet them all! ;-)
Wow - that is one complicated dress indeed. This restaurant is gonna look so colorful once you are done! Next time we go through Sacramento, we'll make a note to stop there for a margarita and art admiration.

rob ijbema said...

good to hear you are thankful to The goddess of art David,lol
this is such a sweet happy portrait and a great contrast from your last gung ho ones,brilliant!

Terry Miura said...

you da man, boss!

onpainting said...

She is a beauty and so is the painting.

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks Nava and Rob! You're making me thirsty Nava. I got a file of some of your posts Rob for inspiration when I do the Amgen Tour of Calif.

David Lobenberg said...

Muchas Gracias Senior Miura!

David Lobenberg said...

Vielen dank!, Onpainting. I think I'll paint Kaiser Wilhelm in all his military regalia next. He's was my great great grandfather.

Marian Fortunati said...

Isn't it wonderful when the goddess of art guides the hand?
Smart move doing the face first.... It is another gorgeous painting!

wayne said...

Hi David,

.. a beautiful vibrant watercolour, and a portrait! You've made it look like it just simply flowed off the brush (which of course it did), yet I know (from years of wc experience) how phenomenally hard these are!).

Cold pressed Fabriano 140lb is a favourite of mine too (especially for the kind of portraiture you've carried off here) and also a surface that Charles Reid (a great influence in my own watercolour journey) introduced me to many years ago.

I love the vibrancy of colour in this piece, yet within the transparent use of the medium. The 'lost and found' edges are masterful IMO. The handling of light and shade is also masterful and all the more remarkable since you have brought this piece to not only feature light (through vale/tone) but also equally colour itself! Now that's hard!

The rhythms of the coloured stripes are jazzy and eye catching and seems to rather 'enthrone' the 'visage': it's as if the watercolour goddess did indeed smile upon you and suffuse/dissolve herself in this work. A winner! Congrats David

cheers from Oz,
~W

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks Marian. I once had to do full figure portraits of the Sacramento Kings basketball team. I started with the heads first. They all were reproduced on 7,000 posters that I signed and numbered! Took four days with a good friend of mine that numbered followed by me scrawling. Yes, we got paid to do this.

David Lobenberg said...

Thank you Wayne! Chuck Reid (can I call him Chuck?...never met the man) is one of my fav. h2o artist and has influenced me greatly. You are a talented artist indeed, and I have added you to my blog roll.

Theresa Rankin said...

David...what a fabulous painting...she is beautiful and you have done an excellent job of representing her and her costume. Great color and lots of joy in this piece! Yes the goddess of art smiles on you regularly....and you pay attention!

bonnieluria said...

OLE! This painting is glorious and I love seeing the progression. You really challenged yourself with getting the face so alive AND that dress so accurately.
Wonderful, wonderful.

PS- I've been without power for 8 days post Hurricane Omar, hence, my absence......

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks Theresa. I held my breath as I was painting this. Nearly passed out! That's whatcha gotta do when ya watercolor.

David Lobenberg said...

Bonnie: Without power for 8 days!! Glad you are back, and I'll look forward to seeing how your paintings are progressing.

David Burge said...

Heck David, this is somethinsg else!
You certainly opened for trading with that initial palette choice on the face!
I agree with Wayne re the colour flowing so beautifully.
Very nice work!

Cooper Dragonette said...

Once again you remind to get the camera out while in progress! Great colors in this piece!

David Lobenberg said...

Thank's David.

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks Cooper. Yea, let's see some progressive photos from you.