Thursday, July 24, 2014

Royal Delta WIP #2


I am doing the background a light pinkish grey… only because the client had seen one of my older pieces that was on the suede mat board and really liked it.  So I am attempting to recreate it… sort of!  The background is blue in the upper left because of my lighting…  day light bulb on left and above, and tungsten on the right.  I will eventually replace the tungsten. I really like the way Royal's body is coming along…. took me a while though.  But I love using the purples and blues for that slight highlight in the shadows. And it will really make her head pop off the paper.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Royal Delta WIP


This is a favorite portrait I did of a thoroughbred race horse named Royal Delta.  It was commissioned by the bloodstock agent for the owner. She is pretty famous and her earnings on the race track are over 4 million!  She was trained by Hall of Fame trainer, Bill Mott…. great trainer and good guy!… not so many in this business!  He loves this horse… and not just because she won a lot of races.  I have been told that she has the air of greatness about her and is a nice horse to be around.  She retired the end of last year and was shipped to Ireland to be bred to a horse named Galileo.  Bill sent a case of peppermints with her… she only likes one specific brand!  This photo was taken by Pat Hammel who works for Bill.  She is a wonderful photographer and I am honored that she allowed me to do this pastel of her work.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Casallo with Hazzy and Blanche Finished!




So sorry I have been away for so long!  Life with my mom has been quite the roller coaster!  She arrived right after my last post in February!  Since than I have moved her 3 times (different rooms in the same facility)  Started in the memory care section because of her dementia… they wanted to make sure she was not going to wander off. Thought it was going to be alright and moved her to the general population… that lasted less than a week before she was found wandering in the parking lot!  Back to memory care!  A month ago they thought she was having either a stroke or heart attack… sent her to the hospital… turns out she had an obstructed bowel!  Three weeks of basically being bedridden, we are  now in rehab! O.K. TMI!  Between keeping up with her and just doing my work, something had to give! Sorry bout that!  She is doing alright in rehab but I am afraid this is the calm before the storm!  It is just so sad to see your parents fading away! She recognizes me, but does not know who I am.  She lives in the moment, which is good for her, but sad for me.  And also hard for her care givers, nurses and doctors. And she just does not have the will to get better…. so very sad!  I thought I would blog about the experience… but it is just so depressing that I could not make myself rehash everything here.  My work, when I can do it has been my retreat from it all. I also have taken up guitar again after 20 years or so! I always found playing to be therapeutic.  Need all I can get right now! And I have lots of work that needs to get posted here!!  Some really wonderful pieces  too!  So… stay tuned!  And thanks for listening if I ramble on a bit about life with an elderly parent!  And I must add…  my dad on the other hand has been in Africa on a safari for the last few weeks!  Total polar opposite!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Casallo with Hazzy & Blanche #9


Casallo with Hazzy & Blanche #9, originally uploaded by debifitz.

Almost there…. sorry I have not been posting… lots of family stuff going on. We are in the process of moving my mother down here to Florida close to me. She has moderate dementia and just fell and broke her shoulder. She has been in independent living, but now she needs more care than she can afford up in Raleigh. I have no idea how I am going to do this! We did go through this with my mother-in-law… but that was so different from my own mother. I was the support for my husband and he was not that close to his mother. Going to be a journey! I will try to post some of it here… never know who it may help or who might help me. It is so hard seeing your parents age and knowing that I am the next generation to head down that path…..

Friday, January 31, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Casallo with Hazzy & Blanche #6


Casallo with Hazzy & Blanche #6, originally uploaded by debifitz.

Ahhhh… the dapples are done! But I will have to go back and mess with them some more before it is all over!