Woman with Red Winged Blackbird

Woman with Red Winged Blackbird

Woman with Red Winged Blackbird is my new painting of the week. It’s actually a redo of a painting I did in 2015. While painting my mom in the canoe a few weeks ago, I realized that over time, I’ve gotten a little better at faces; so, I pulled out this older painting and ended up redoing most of it. I feel like her face works a bit better. I then decided to change the crow and make him a red winged blackbird. I took a bit of artistic license as you don’t usually see them at birdbaths. Their habitat is in fields close to water. I used to see them all the time when I was a park ranger leading tours on trails through the marshes.

I’ve admired the works of the Pre-Raphaelite painters of Victorian England who rebelled from the style at the time by painting women with long flowing hair using rich, vivid colors in natural settings. I remember seeing some of their paintings at the Tate Gallery in London back in my early 20’s and being moved by the large size and richness of colors. This painting is a nod to that style.

Orbs

Orbs – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Orbs is a new painting. This week I decided to take a break from my abstracts and paint more realistically. I was inspired by four pine trees in my neighbor’s front yard that light up in the late afternoon as the sun sets. Looking at them gave me the idea for this painting and then I decided to add a surreal touch with floating glowing orbs.

I like the graphic quality of the painting and feel that the abstracts have helped me loosen up a bit. I plan to start a new painting tomorrow. Hard to believe it’s Labor Day weekend; my daughter starts online graduate school next week. The children in our county are back to school online only, the COVID numbers are still high here. Hope everyone enjoys the weekend.