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    Strong Roots

    The title refers to the woman, not to the enormous oaks that surround her. She will understand its meaning.

    The woman is Dawn, who has been an invaluable part of my life and career for roughly forty years. When she and her husband came to town for a rare visit, I was determined to fit her into the gallery somehow. It seemed a good idea to paint her on the grounds of one of Louisiana’s great antebellum plantations, so that was the plan.

    I painted the model; and I painted the mansion, plus a few more oaks. Then I decided that only the model really captured my interest, so I cropped out practically everything else.

    A personal note: As you grow older, you gain an increased appreciation of the things that matter. The mansion was pretty, but it wasn’t my mansion and I didn’t mind deleting it. But someone who sticks with you for forty years matters very much indeed, so this is the picture that needed to be painted.

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    Marcela: The Wine-Colored Dress

    Of course it’s actually Marci, my stylish Colombian model. But here she is too well-dressed and elegant for a nickname, so we will inject a greater note of formality.

    This large portrait was created in the late 19th Century French Academy style (the painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau was a particular influence) which faded with the arrival of Impressionism. Today, the names of the Academy masters are remembered only by art students, and often for purposes of mockery alone.

    Certainly it’s true that their approach seems hokey to modern tastes: In an actual Academy painting, Marcela would probably be dressed in a silken toga, strumming a lyre while cherubs shower her with flower petals.

    Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if that really happens.

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  3. Her Sister Elena

    Recently I posted my first—but not my last—pictures of Candela, a delightful Latina with whom I’ve been corresponding regularly. Here is Elena, Candela’s dark-haired sister. 

  4. Gabby, Gold and Mauve

    Here is Gabby again, this time in a new hairstyle and a new painting style. This is a painterly image that I’ve left unfinished to emphasize the bold, thick strokes. Of course they aren’t really thick at all: This is a digital image, and the impasto effect is an illusion.

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    The Indigo Tee

    Here again is Molly in—or partly in—an indigo tee shirt.

    I was painting something altogether different when Molly posted several new pieces, and as usual I scrapped my plans to paint her once again.

    Wouldn’t you?

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    Here’s a dramatic abstract which you may interpret as you please. I call it “Ezra” because that’s its name.

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    Study Of a Woman’s Head

    Here is a small, simple study that has always been one of my favorites. The model is Muriel, who appears throughout the gallery in a variety of styles.

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    Here is—yes!—Alex, in her first appearance here. Alex has a wonderfully expressive face and a splendid sense of theater. How can you resist those eyes and that ducky face?

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    Woman In a Madhouse

    Here is another experiment in the old Baroque style.

    It’s a naturalistic piece, but close inspection will reveal that it’s painted in a sketchy style that borders on the sloppy. No matter: It’s the first impression that makes or breaks the picture.

    The term “madhouse” is of course British, archaic and politically incorrect. These are a few of my favorite things.

    Original art by Van Evan Fuller, vanevanfuller.com.

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    The Golden Field: Lola and Roarie

    Lola (in the hat) and Roarie (not in the hat) make their gallery debut in this warm scene.

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    Mercurial Tango

    This one reminds me of jewelry: not the good stuff, but the cheap and gaudy stuff that is vastly more fun. I have little use for microscopic diamonds and emeralds and such: Unless you are wearing a million dollars’ worth of them, they cannot provide you with the same dramatic impact as three pounds of plastic, Pla-Doh and glitter.

    You will correctly observe that I am a hopeless Philistine where jewelry is concerned. If any jewelry makers wish to civilize me, they are invited to do so.

    As to the picture, here I’ve created an effect that simulates the look of molten gold; and I have tossed a few green and burgundy baubles into the mix.

    As to the tango…well, at least I am sure it’s not a waltz.

    You know, this is the first time in my life that I have actually used the word “baubles.”

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    Here again is red-haired Ruby, fascinating as always. I will leave her expression to speak for itself.

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    Self Portrait, 1922

    Here is my second self portrait in “Gatsby” attire. This one looks quite realistic at first glance, but it’s actually rather sketchy in execution. The lighting is moody and Baroque; the subject is moody and broke.

    This picture was painted entirely for the amusement of Ms. Marci Lopez.

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    Wedding Feast In Puppetland

    I hope there weren’t any strings attached to the wedding vows.

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    Girl In a Boater Hat
    Anyone who follows my brilliant career (and some people actually do, oddly enough) knows to expect regular appearances by the magnificent Marci. She is the subject of this impressionistic scene, though for once her face is hidden.
    Still, you should have been able to guess who it is: Who besides Marci would dress with such elegance, just to go into the woods and sit on the ground?

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