The August Strong Women of Opera portrait was of Tchaikovsky’s blind princess, Iolanta. Iolanta is young, innocent and beautiful. She is completely unaware of her condition, and when she meets the knight Vaudemont, she reveals it by twice handing him a white rose when he asks her for a red rose. Iolanta was one of […]
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“Sailor Statue” 4″ x 4″ gallery -wrapped acrylic This tiny acrylic (Ok, tiny for me!) was an absolute pleasure to paint! After only two sessions, I was satisfied.
“The Isle” 8″ x 12″acrylic on canvas
My eighth Strong Women of Opera portrait is of Lakmé, the young and beautiful Hindu priestess in Delibes’s opera by the same name. I was initially impressed by this beginning…then I realized that the upper and lower halves of her face were on two different scales! Alas! –I’ve begun sketching my figures in pencil […]
The latest Strong Women of Opera Portrait is of Wagner’s Brünnhilde, or Brünhilde, or however you spell it! This lady is a Valkyrie, daughter of the one-eyed god Wotan, and a central figure in three of the four Ring of the Nibelung. At the end of Die Walküre, the story reaches a spellbinding climax, as Brünhilde […]
My newest painting! I felt like Monet while I worked:) The Waterlilies 20″ x 24″ Acrylic on Gallery-wrapped canvas Thank you to one of my Christmas Angels for the canvas, and to a kind friend for the amazing source photo!
I have to confess, the sixth Strong Women of Opera portrait, (Verdi’s Aida) went together so quickly and smoothly that I have less pictures than usual of the process! She was a beauty from the very beginning! Note the funny smear on the right. I had an idea that her arm would be out-flung against […]
A friend who is a photographer very graciously allows me to use his photographs. This picture of an aspen grove was the first one I did, back during the 101 Day Challenge as Day 22. I also just completed an acrylic painting of the same scene. This is the watercolor rendition. Here is the acrylic. […]
Lady Macbeth is one of the most famously strong characters in both literature and opera. I was very excited to begin her. Actually, it was supposed to be Lucia di Lammermoor, but then I began to question whether or not Lucia was all that strong. She’s the victim of a terrible tragedy, and then […]
My pet project at the moment is my Strong Women of Opera-Portraits. As you’ve probably guessed, I love opera. This is a lot of fun for me, because I love so many operas that my voice will never be suitable for-yet I feel them. I feel the characters, I think I understand who each is, […]