Saturday, December 26, 2009

Portrait of me by Susan Carlin

Painted by Susan Carlin

I was so blessed to have swapped portraits with the well known portrait artist, Susan Carlin. At the time I painted her portrait (seen in previous post) I didn't know who I was painting and if I had, I'd have been quite intimidated. Didn't she do a marvelous job! As she softened my facial lines a bit I love that I look in my 40's again! I'm so thrilled with it that I had to share it with you all who don't visit Karin's blog, Different Strokes From Different Folks, where this portrait swap originated.

If you'd like to take the time to follow Susan in painting this portrait, click here for the two sessions on USTREAM of her live demos. I think the total time for the two or maybe three videos is about 2 1/2 hours in length. Be sure to begin on the Dec 23 video if you want to start at the beginning.

I haven't been painting much in December, wonder why? lol And it looks like I'm going to have to delay getting back to it for a week or two. I just HAVE to clean my space!! If I lay one thing down for a second it takes me 15 minutes to find it again. Actually my entire house is like this. Today I spent time cleaning out kitchen cabinets and rearranging the contents to make life a bit easier. I need that everywhere. In my studio and office, I'm experiencing stress from all the clutter and disorganization around me. I just can't paint without creating a more relaxing environment. It's ironic that my husband and I run and operate a house cleaning business and do this all week for others but don't take the time to do ANYTHING at our house. Ugh! what a mess! So the next few days/weeks are for me to find peace in my home. I can't wait to get back to painting and in a clean studio.

I hope your New Year Celebrations are safe, fun and usher in a prosperous and blessed new year. Happy 2010!!!!!!!!


Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

I just finished watching Susan's video and she's right, you are adorable...she did as wonderful a job with your portrait as you did hers!
Good luck with the clean up!!

Debbie said...

Marilyn, the portrait you did of Susan is awesome, and hers of you is wonderful too, I was so excited to see that she was painting it online!!!!! so cool.

L.Holm said...

Beautiful painting of beautiful you!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and all good things come your way in 2010, marilyn!

Lorraine said...

You are VERY good at portrait painting!

Gary Keimig said...

that is indeed a very nice portrait. You have a real jewel there. I liked yours just as well and the Christmas card was wonderful.
Good job.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Beautiful portrait! Marilyn, I let my messes pile up here too. Sooner or later you just have to stop everything and clean it up. I so admire those folks who do little tidying things every day, I just aint one of 'em!