I did these two paintings from a trip to King Ranch for the Ranch Hand Breakfast. I was mesmerized by all the activity around me. So glad I took my camera. I actually didn't get around to eating breakfast. Hopefully more paintings to come in this theme as I love the Texas that surrounds me.
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Friday, September 3, 2021
When I look at old portraits, I wonder about the person in the portrait. What kind of person they were, in some cases their name is unknown. Here are some examples that I saw last week in a local antique store.
Isn't this the cutest photograph of two little girls, lost in time. Names unknown.
In my Artist statement I mention Adolphe-William Bouguereau and his models.
"I will never meet Bouguereaus’ young shepherdess or anyone who knew her but she has an identity in my heart."
Bouguereau is one of my favorite portrait artists and it's in my study of his work that I have noticed how one of the models he used looks a LOT like my grand daughter. My husband and I saw an exhibit of Bouguereau's paintings in Memphis when this painting took us by surprise, as it looked just like our grand daughter
Friday, May 21, 2021
Framing is a work of art and I love to buy frames from people that take as much time and care into their frames as I do my paintings. There are occasions when you just need something temporary to hang your work for Art Shows. Y’all know I like to recycle so I thought I’d show the process of this frame. I bought it at a charity shop and gave it a coat of diluted primer paint. I even wiped the paint with a rag to get it thin. I sanded it once dry with steel wool to get the distressed finish I wanted.
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Yesterday I met a neighbor who has portraits of her four children when they were 6 yrs old. She is so proud of the paintings, 40-50 years later. Children grow up so quickly. Right now I'm working on a portrait of my Grandson and he is 15. I love looking at portraits of my grandkids, how about you? There is nothing I enjoy more than paintings kids! Contact me for more information on creating your family heirloom.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
I'm calling this painting finished.
It will takes a few weeks to completely dry and then varnish. "He's not just a number" is a painting I'm donating to a family that lost their Husband, Father, & Grandfather to Covid on Christmas Day 2020.
The Granddaughter started a Facebook page for people to post photos of loved ones who died of Covid. Go look it up and give them some love. Coastal Bend Hearts Taken by Covid.
Some of the pieces in the painting belonged to Rodolfo. The blue silk represents, water and his years in the Navy. I like to buy local, so a shout out to La Michoacana Bakery for the Conchas, La Casita de Barro Imports for the Catrin figure, Total Wine & More for the Tequila, the butterfly washed up on the beach at Padre Island National Seashore, and a lovely friend loaned me St. Joseph.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to commission your own painting. Ashes may be added to the paint when painting the portrait if that is something you would like to do.
20x30" Oil on Dibond
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
"The Horse Whisperer" oil painting on panel is available. Prices are on my website www.AlisonSchuchs.com or feel free to message me if you would like to add this Art to your collection.
It was a lot of fun to paint, quite a challenge for a few reasons. It was my first time to paint a horse and actually I find pink a hard color to get just right. It is easy to become "muddy" as it is transparent unless you add white to it which makes it chalky. I love learning about color though and still enjoy the science of it all. Choosing which color to use, which compliment, does it need to be warm or cool, transparent of opaque, etc.etc.
The photoshoot for this painting was a blast. We were invited to take photos at a local Ranch and my model Alexis outdid herself, changing outfits and steadying her horse. It was a lot of fun and we were treated to some delicious enchiladas. A great day!
Thursday, February 25, 2021