This is a commission that I did for a friend. Maggie, the golden retriever and Pippin, the Chihuahua mix lived only blocks away from each other...they would play with each other every day, play wrestling in the backyard until one day Pippin moved away. Pippin misses Maggie so much. Her owner has a video where Pippin actually watches her friend in front of the TV...!!! I have to admit, my dog doesn't do that...lol
This pastel painting is of a woman doing some shopping at a local produce market in India. Sue Clinker, a blogging buddy, just got back from a trip to India and she was nice enough to give me permission to use the beautiful photo reference. The market was mainly fruits and their local flowers. I love how elegant she looks with her colorful and neatly pleated sari. I think the traditional costumes are so beautiful.
My granddaughter posed for me with her "hoodie" on... I asked her to look down so I can get those perfect shadows on her face... I took the perfect shot that I was looking for... Unfortunately I wasn't able to photograph the portrait very well...it's a bit lighter in person. It's so wonderful having the model always available... well, for now anyway!!!
My name is Hilda Muxo Klinger. My passion for art came early.I have always said that I was born with a pencil in one hand and a box of crayons in the other.I am a Bronx born New Yorker who can remember sitting at the kitchen table copying faces that appeared in the newspapers and magazines as a girl.
I am married 51 years and have two daughters and five amazing grandchildren.While I worked and raised my family in East Rockaway, I used art as a form of relaxation, painting here and there. I dabbled with several artistic mediums through the years—everything from pencil to charcoal to oil and it was only after I joined The Parish Social Ministry Art Club in East Rockaway in 2006 that I realized my true passion of pastels.
I studied under Dan Slapo and I don't think I've ever enjoyed a class more than I did with him. He taught me many different techniques in painting a portrait. Working with a live model was so different for me and I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to work with this Master of Pastels...He encouraged me to join the Pastel Society and I am now an Associate Member . I am thrilled to say that I have displayed my paintings in Rockville Center Village Art Club and have received several ribbons for my work. Thank you for visiting my blog. I will continue to add my painting in the future and hope you enjoy them as I have enjoyed painting them.