WIP: Revisiting Rembrandt

Yellow really makes me happy! When the kids left I picked up my fattest palette knife and just went crazy with this new piece. #wip #acrylic #painting #women #yellow

Yellow really makes me happy! When the kids left I picked up my fattest palette knife and just went crazy with this new piece.

#wip #acrylic #painting #women #yellow

It's happening more or more these days that the title of a piece comes to me in the middle of painting it.

It’s happening more or more these days that the title of a piece comes to me in the middle of painting it. I think it helps complete the work or bring it to where it should go. Photo is from a trip with two of my dearest friends some years back…and even if one of them is not in the picture (he took it), he still is very much part of this poignant moment of friendship.

Friends
Acrylic on tarpaulin
24×36 inches
Work in progress

Retiring it for the day. Excited to pick it up again with fresh eyes tomorrow. ????

#wip #acrylic #painting #women #yellow #friends #friendship

Started this with the intention of sticking to the Dutch palette of browns, reds, yellows and black. I even put my Rembrandt drawing next to it for inspiration...but what kept showing up were blues, greens and grays. I realize I'm still wishywashy when it comes to shadows and darks! Got to work on allowing the darkness to come and set in, in order to bring out the light. Will be interesting to see how this turns out. ????#figurative #painting #acrylic #women #rembrandt #wip

Started this with the intention of sticking to the Dutch palette of browns, reds, yellows and black. I even put my Rembrandt drawing next to it for inspiration…but what kept showing up were blues, greens and grays. I realize I’m still wishywashy when it comes to shadows and darks! Got to work on allowing the darkness to come and set in, in order to bring out the light. Will be interesting to see how this turns out. ????

#figurative #painting #acrylic #women #rembrandt #wip

WIP: Jesus (commissioned work)

Happy with the progress on my Jesus painting today. Been frustrated with the flatness I was getting, so I decided to bring out my oil paints to lend body and softness to the work. It's slowly getting there... Extra pressure to get the face right, especially since the Divine Mercy devotion is all about the gaze of Jesus.#wip #portrait #divinemercy #Jesus #painting

Happy with the progress on my Jesus painting today. Been frustrated with the flatness I was getting, so I decided to bring out my oil paints to lend body and softness to the work. It’s slowly getting there… Extra pressure to get the face right, especially since the Divine Mercy devotion is all about the gaze of Jesus.

#wip #portrait #divinemercy #Jesus #painting

I'm 99% done with my commissioned Jesus painting! Yay. Father Romy will be happy!#wip #divinemercy #jesus #painting

I’m 99% done with my commissioned Jesus painting! Yay. Father Romy will be happy!

#wip #divinemercy #jesus #painting

Was staring at these feet the whole afternoon. Had to dismount and roll up the canvas and work on a table to get a good position to do these letters.  Didn't realize that canvas would be so heavy with paint! Happy to be almost done with this work. Trusting it will all work out. #wip #divinemercy #jesus #painting

Was staring at these feet the whole afternoon. Had to dismount and roll up the canvas and work on a table to get a good position to do these letters. Didn’t realize that canvas would be so heavy with paint! Happy to be almost done with this work. Trusting it will all work out.

#wip #divinemercy #jesus #painting

Detail of my #wip painting for Fr. Romy's parish.#divinemercy #jesus #painting

Detail of my #wip painting for Fr. Romy’s parish.#divinemercy #jesus #painting

Saying my final goodbye to Jesus before this commissioned work gets picked up today. Literally a labor of love over 3 months-- I redid his face 4 times just to get the gaze right! Hope it inspires devotees in the parish where it will be hung. Thanks for the trust, Msgr. Romy. #divinemercy #jesus #painting #artph

Saying my final goodbye to Jesus before this commissioned work gets picked up today. Literally a labor of love over 3 months– I redid his face 4 times just to get the gaze right! Hope it inspires devotees in the parish where it will be hung. Thanks for the trust, Msgr. Romy. #divinemercy #jesus #painting #artph

WIP: Divine Mercy

Finally started my Divine Mercy painting. It's huge--38 x 50 inches! Commissioned by a priest who was the first stranger to knock on my studio door and ask if I would paint something for their church. Doing this with mindful devotion to draw in more good vibes for the studio and the work that I do. To more knocks on the door! #wip #acrylic #painting #montalutstudio #jesus #divinemercy

Finally started my Divine Mercy painting. It’s huge–38 x 50 inches! Commissioned by a priest who was the first stranger to knock on my studio door and ask if I would paint something for their church. Doing this with mindful devotion to draw in more good vibes for the studio and the work that I do. To more knocks on the door!

#wip #acrylic #painting #montalutstudio #jesus #divinemercy

Tarpaulin paintings

Got my first donation of tarpaulins today. Now all rolled up to ease any folds away...but wow look at that heap! 15 paintings waiting to happen. Thanks so much, Karina, and to your mom for the goodies! #upcycling #tarpaulin #montalutstudio

Got my first donation of tarpaulins today. Now all rolled up to ease any folds away…but wow look at that heap! 15 paintings waiting to happen. Thanks so much, Karina, and to your mom for the goodies!

#upcycling #tarpaulin #montalutstudio

Studio visitors: Tita Clay

So thankful for this visitor who graced my (new) studio with her powerful presence! Blank canvases ready for a day of painting.

So thankful for this visitor who graced my (new) studio with her powerful presence! Blank canvases ready for a day of painting.

Happy painters at lunch break ???????? #wip #acrylic #painting

Happy painters at lunch break 🙂 #wip #acrylic #painting

The talented Tita Clay with her palette knife painting debut. Such confident strokes befitting a confident woman. Was a joy to paint with you again after all these years, Tita! To more playtime for us. #acrylic #painting #montalutstudio

The talented Tita Clay with her palette knife painting debut. Such confident strokes befitting a confident woman. Was a joy to paint with you again after all these years, Tita! To more playtime for us.

#acrylic #painting #montalutstudio

New studio door sign on the way!

Painting a new door sign for my studio (getting ready to open it up!) and this lilac came out. That blue from a #wip behind it is also very nice  Might switch back to my default blues by the end of this...will see! Started painting to quiet the mind so don't want to overthink this. Possibilities,  possibilities!#playplayplay

Painting a new door sign for my studio (getting ready to open it up!) and this lilac came out. That blue from a #wip behind it is also very nice Might switch back to my default blues by the end of this…will see! Started painting to quiet the mind so don’t want to overthink this. Possibilities, possibilities!#playplayplay