Monday, February 12, 2007

The Empanada Lady (with Red Hat) - 5" x 7" Pastel

Saw this lady in a farmer's market on a recent trip to Florida. With this painting I feel like I finally broke out of a rut I've been in; I was going for more color and contrast than was actually in the reference photo, and I am pleased with the way it turned out. I hope to do a few more scenes from that market. By the way, it was 80 degrees and sunny last week down there (as opposed to 20 degrees and chilly up here)--no wonder so many of us Yankees move South!

6 comments:

H Malott said...

You should be very pleased, Rhonda, this is wonderful! Its nice and loose and vibrant. ~I agree, it's 17 degrees here in Indiana this morning. Florida sounds wonderful right now. Keep up the great work! ~Heidi

Polly Jones said...

Thanks for your comment on my painting this morning. I popped over to see what yours is and am very impressed. Love the loose strokes and color. The landscape commission is wonderful too. I'd like to link you if you don't mind.

Lori said...

Thanks for your comment on my painting today! She looks super, she looks like she is a nice person, has a kind face. Pushing the color and contrast worked perfect!

kay Crain said...

Rhonda,
Nice work on this one! Great color and you really gave her 'heart.'

Michele Beaulieu said...

Rhonda, This is lovely. I wonder why you don't paint people more. You do a great job of it.

Connie Tom said...

Rhonda,
Wonderful work! I love the painterly style and the bold color harmonies. I agree with Kay that you not only gave her a heart...but you gave her a "good" heart!