Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blog Hop!

18 x 24
Oil on Canvas

I do love painting my daughter in law, Marissa.  She is kind enough to pose for me quite often...this is one of a series I am doing of her.  

I have been invited by CJ Holt Roughton to participate in a global blog hop.  Click on CJ's name to visit her blog.  Part of the task is to answer a few questions. 

What I am working on, how I work, and why do I create what I do.

I like to tell stories with my artwork.  I feel my pieces are to be read.  One of the stories I am working on is my visions of military life.  As a military brat, and army wife and mother to an Air Force pilot I have many memories to tell.  I want to let the civilian world know a little bit about military life...the trials tribulations but also the good times.  It is an amazing way to live.

My creative process involves working on multiple projects at a time.  I usually have 4 or 5 paintings in various stages.  I begin with a concept and then flesh it out with models and props.  I paint from life or take photographs until the composition works then I begin sketching.  I sketch to get a feel for where everything is in the composition.  It is much easier to paint a composition after I have sketched it a few times.  Through classes with Elizabeth Floyd I learned to do thumbnail sketches to check my compositions   When I believe I have the best composition possible and I feel the story will unfold as the viewer's eyes travel across the canvas I can begin to paint.  When I think I am done set the painting aside for a week or so and then check it again for any changes.  

So the Blog hop continues with Linda Collins and her fabulous blog http://www.dogfaceartwork.com/blog.  

and none other than Michael Bennett Hock (yes...he is my son) and his fabulous blog badshakespeare.blogspot.com

So enjoy the blog hop!  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Mom

My Mom
18 x 24
Oil on Canvas


Last time my parents visited I was fortunate to be able to sketch and take lots of source photos.  My, usually camera shy, mother didn't just come out of her proverbial shell...she blossomed.  She allowed me to take lots of pictures...wore costumes...hats...posed...It was amazing.  I love painting portraits and to get to paint portraits of my family is a bonus.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Feel the Love

Feel the Love
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24

I paint portraits of my family frequently.  They are available and will let me take source photos of them and some of them will even sit for me.  I also paint family because it makes me smile.  As I paint I remember our times together and it just makes me happy.  

This portrait is my younger brother, Richard, with a dear friend of his.  I was in Chicago visiting Richard and doing some portrait sketches of him when Mamta stopped by to visit.  I was fortunate to have my camera in my hand when they hugged...what a great moment to capture.  I knew immediately I wanted to try to capture the love on canvas.  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Hat - International School of Bangkok all Classes reunion 2014

The Hat
11 x 14
Oil on Raymar panel


I painted this one just for the hat.  I love that hat.  I love hats anyway and this one had such personality that I just had to paint it.  I took dozens of pictures of it and this one showed it off the best.  

This is the last day of the Leslie Saeta 30 in 30 series and I leave for a trip tomorrow so I am done.  I still have plenty of source photos from the ISB Reunion and I am sure I will revisit them from time to time so be on the lookout for friends and classmates from time to time. 

In Other news I am heading down to Charleston, South Carolina tomorrow for a few days.  I will be one of the four featured artists in a show titled "4 Shades of Red".  I am joined by three incredible artists  Helen Beacham, Carrie Roets Waller and Debra Keirce.  The show will be on display for the month of October with a reception on October 3rd from 5 till 8 at the Lowcountry artists Gallery, 148 E. Bay Street, Historic Charleston, SC.  If you are in the area please stop by!    

Monday, September 29, 2014

Swing Dancers - Honor flight - World War II memorial

Swing Dancing
oil on Raymar panel
8 x 16


After all the excitement seeing the swing dancers at the World War II memorial last weekend I just had to do a quick sketch of two of the dancers caught in action.  They do a wonderful show...entertain the visitors and get many up on their feet to try their hand a swinging!  Such fun to watch! 

I am also working on a larger piece of my brother.  I flew to Chicago and he sat for me to paint him from life.  He sat and looked out the window, playing his harmonica.  He played for a long time...thanks to me!  My challenge was getting the likeness and capturing his hand gestures without making him stop.  This is a work in progress...lots left to do but I am excited about it.  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Red Team - International School of Bangkok all classes reunion 2014

Red Team
International School of Bangkok all Classes Reunion
9 x 12
Oil on Raymar panel


After a brief respite with travels to New York City for a YANKEES baseball game...watching #2 play in his last season and a trip to Chicago to do some portrait painting I am back and trying to get in a couple more 30 in 30 paintings done before the challenge is over!  

This is the flag carrying ceremony as the games were about to begin.  The teams are all color coded and theoretically we all remember our colors from high school and join in the team spirit!  It was great fun with lots of antics...as you can imagine.  BUT...what goes on at the ISB reunions STAYS at the ISB reunions!  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Watching - International School of Bangkok all Classes reunion

The Games
International School of Bangkok all Classes Reunion
9 x 12
Oil on Raymar Panel


This is a group intently watching the games at the ISB reunion.  I am really trying to be loose here but still capture the essence of the personalities in this piece.  It was hard to walk away without nitpicking and getting into more detail but I am happy with where it landed.