Saturday, June 8, 2013

Friday, June 7, 2013


The sitter for the original is unknown but sources say it was acquired in Summerville, SC. I named him Jeremiah.  I like how this portrait turned out a bit more painterly than usual. 2013. Sold.

Mrs. Staughton

The original miniature is at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia. They have a huge collection of miniature portraits but 96% were European so I could only use a few of their collection for resources. Interesting note: the European portraits are oil on copper and the American ones are watercolor on ivory. Mine are oil on trash. This was complete in 2013 and sold.

James Reid Pringle (1782-1840)

This is a family name from my Dad's mom's mom. I'm not bragging but the Pringles are front row in  St. Stephens and St. Micheals graveyards. Charleston has some cool graveyards. If you ever go, the best one is Magnolia Cemetery, just north of the city in "the Neck" (I have people there too) and the next best one is the Unitarian Graveyard, down Gateway Walk, from King Street. My mom used to live on  the Walk and my daughter and I played there a lot. It has a beautiful garden setting which is very old and overgrown. I have people in the James Island Cemetery at the end of Harbor View Road too. This painting was done in 2013 and is sold.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Anna Claypoole Peale (1791-1898)

Anna was a Philly girl and my favorite American miniature painter from the family of painters, the Peale's. She  sold her first paintings, copies of French landscapes, at the age of fourteen. She had her first major exhibition when she was just twenty and was in the first exhibition at PAFA where she continued to show for many years. Go girl. This portrait of  was complete in 2013. And is sold.

John Ellis Wool (1784-1869)

John Wool was an officer in the US Army during three consequent wars:The War of 1812, The Mexican-American War and The Civil War. He had over fifty years of service and seems like a great guy, very high principled. This painting was complete in 2013. NA.