I think copying the work of the Masters is a learning experience. I enjoyed painting this portrait of Rembrandt. He studied himself very closely in the mirror for most of his life...painting about 100 self-portraits, which explains how there's so many facial changes with his portraits. I imagine it had to be very challenging. Some people say that he did it because he always had a model on hand!! He always painted with dark shadows that I always liked. I would have painted this in oils, like he did, but I still don't have the nerve... so I stuck to the comfort of my pastels!!!
Driving through Montana is always so beautiful. I never get tired of all those greens you see in this amazing land of ours. I love horses and I really enjoyed painting this horse since he was so close and I was able to "see" those details that you need in a painting. I think he knew I was taking a photo...he stood perfectly still for me..LOL
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 52 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.