oil sketch of Karen Trubitt


Oil sketch of Karen Trubitt, oil on birch board, 12″ x 16″, 2011.

This Monday our girl gang worked on alla prima sketches in oil from the model (the beautiful Karen Trubitt of True Love Farm!) under the instruction of Jaye Fox.  She had us use a “dead color” palette.  I’ve always wanted to paint Karen…like I’ve said before, the chance to look —to really really look at a dear friend for a couple of hours is an exquisite way to spend time.  I wish my sketch was as beautiful as Karen is, but that could never be the case.  Paint and canvas can never be as lovely as people and landscapes…as real life—but they can take on a life of their own and say something.  I think this one tells a bit about Karen as a farmer, her strength and her kindness–a woman who thanks each chicken, “Thank you, mama.” as she gathers each egg.  Now that’s a woman to love.  Someday I hope to paint a real portrait of Karen.

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