This will be about my views on what it takes to put a three dimensional world onto a two dimensional surface. With a lot of digressing.
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Apr 24, 2012


I never thought I'd want to paint a four month old baby. I couldn't imagine doing something that would have personality (babies don't have a lot, right?)(wrong), or imagine that I could avoid doing a too cute or sentimental portrait of an almost newborn. A challenge however, not to mention a commission.
Challenges are good for my painting, and commissions support my habit.
It had to be done from a photo of course, and assuming that like a lot of babies, there was only peach fuzz for hair, I suggested a hat of some sort  for color or texture. When several photos arrived by email, I was pleasantly surprised. I did become somewhat cross-eyed attempting to paint crocheting.
 I think she has pizazz- and a happy grandmother.
So here's Lily, cute? Yes. Adorable? Certainly.  Fine Art? Who cares.
                                            LILY           10 x 8"                    Oil on Linen
                                                        Copyright  Margery Caggiano

Apr 15, 2012


I could call this post The Revenge of Paint Your Pet. Or why chicken is a favorite entre.
In my last post I didn't include an obvious, I thought, aside for the student. That is, you'll be working from photos, so don't bring your pet to class. Especially if they're not a cooperative species.
In a vain attempt to confine and transport his pet, this student was humiliated, but not (fatally) wounded.
He should have photographed his dear bird while it was nesting. So it shouldn't be a total loss, he'd get eggs.
Actually, I think it's a rooster.

Apr 7, 2012


For anyone who paints, or wishes they could, this is a workshop for like minded people.
The Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
The dates are Sat May 5th and 12th, 10-3 Bring Lunch. Music. Coffee tea and me.
Any level of expertise, or none at all . Any medium that you're comfortable with.
Why paint a landscape, or a still life when you can paint something you love?
You may love a fetching landscape, but when it comes to fetching, what better than a dog.?
(You can teach a cat to fetch but trust me, it pisses them off.)
Does a landscape adore you? Follow you around? Sleep with you?
Better yet, when it comes to a portrait of your pet, no one will say
"There's something wrong with the mouth".
I remember every cat or dog that I've had in my life, but never hung their picture on the wall, even if I had one.
I recently repainted my beloved Bo, and find it a comforting, rather than an upsetting reminder.
See earlier blog The Perfect Cat
BO  R.I.P.       24x18  Oil on Linen     Copyright Margery Caggiano