"The Lively Hat", oil on linen on panel, 8x6 inches
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This painting is of the lovely Natasha whom you might recognize since I've painted her numerous times. Each Tuesday morning, for several months, Natasha would come to my studio to sit for me. I always looked forward this morning of companionable conversation, as I explored her wonderfully familiar features with paint and brush.
For me, there is comfort in painting a model again and again. There is an intimacy and thrill of rediscovery as my brush anticipates a familiar plane; a beautiful sparkle or a graceful line.
Natasha donned a lively hat on this particular day that I began this miniature from life...then completed it from a photo much later.