The white dress

I painted this from a figure a couple of days ago. The model was wearing a long off-white dress with very full sleeves. This is an 11″x14″ oil on linen canvas. You can see my canvas below, the painting is almost finished, looks like I only had the background left to do.

On another note, this morning I took one of my paintings to an Exhibit Hall in downtown Houston. I belong to an Episcopal artists group and we had a booth in conjunction with a large Epsicopal Council meeting here in Houston. My point in bringing this up is that we, as artists, have to be careful about which opportunities we are offered to show our work. I am specifically talking about the time it takes us to deliver, set-up, park, etc. I am happy for the opportunity to show my work this weekend at the Dioscene Council Meeting because the artists in this group are displaying their work for the glory of God.

But, there are too many opportunities where showing our work is to no advantage, and only our time is used up. Yes, it’s exciting and flattering to be asked to display our work, but I am learning that I need to do a little evaluating before I jump at every opportunity. To wit, the St. Francis Art Show 2 weekends ago. Sorry to bring that up again! So, I hope that in the future I will look closely at every opportunity that comes my way to display my work.


  1. February 13, 2009 / 8:52 pm


    Very nice study, looks like you have a good likeness.


  2. February 16, 2009 / 4:27 am

    Wonderful pastels and pales hues in the dress, Joan! …and yes, I agree not every opportunity to “show” is worth pursuing. We have to choose carefully or risk wasting our good efforts on bad venues.

  3. February 16, 2009 / 7:45 am

    Hi Joan, Your portrait is really elegant. Love those colored shadows in her white dress. I know what you mean about being careful regarding which opportunities we accept to show our work. I’ve learned that it can take tons of time and energy preparing for these events. I’m going to be very careful in the future.

  4. February 16, 2009 / 7:43 pm

    Hi Joan, The white is beautiful here. I’m especially interested and inspired by the many colors you found in white. I’ve been thinking of working on some ‘white on white’ still life set-ups, and your image here is instructive!

    And, Thanks for noting that about the shows. I totally agree!! It’s way too easy to start falling into the trap of giving ourselves/our time/our work away, and then we end up feeling used. I think nowadays, I have too much to learn to waste time committing to things that aren’t going to be helpful. I’d rather be painting!

  5. February 19, 2009 / 2:26 pm

    Love the quietness and peace in this painting Joan and with minimum brush strokes how you have managed to convey a sense of importance and “presence” of this lady. Ditto your ballet dancer below. Beautiful work.

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