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This is an original oil painting.

8 x 10 canvas board
varnished to protect from the elements

To keep my perception sharp, I often paint small portraits “from life” in a short amount of time. The results are often remarkably intuitive because the time constraint forces me to paint just the essentials. “Sunhat” is a color sketch of a sunlit girl wearing a straw hat painted in this manner.

My preferred method of working is to paint “from life”-not from a photograph. Painting this way helps me see deep into the soul of my subject, resulting in beautiful and insightful images. Most of my still lifes and small portraits and landscapes are painted this way. The larger studio pieces are painted from photographs for convenience’ sake. But I still attempt to paint quickly and decisively for the beautiful edges that can be achieved with wet paint. This method is called “alla prima.”

If you like the display frame, you can find it at Michael's; it's an 8 x 10 open back frame with a distressed finish. (Prints of this painting are also available!)

"Life beats down and crushes the soul, but art reminds you that you have one." -Stella Adler

*Please note colors may vary from monitor to monitor due to individual settings and limitations in digital photography - every effort is made to come as close to actual colors in each print as possible.

I ship paintings in cardboard boxes, wrapped in bubble wrap and suspended in soft packing materials through USPS.
I will refund all overages in shipping fees in excess of $1; please let me know if you paid an overage that was overlooked.

girl with hat original oil painting 8 x 10 - Sunhat


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  • Materials: oil paint, canvas board
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  • Ships worldwide from Florida, United States