When I saw this reference photo in the computer, I really wanted to paint it. Every time I look at it I get the goose bumps.. I have painted the Eagle before but never with the American Flag as the background. I used Unisom reds since its very vibrant as well as the white. I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I enjoyed painting it.
Ling in Chinese means "Spiritual Being"... I thought this would be a good name for this lovely Lady. I took the reference picture of "Ling" when I was at Hick's Nursery...a Garden Center in Westbury, NY. She had such a kind face and even smiled when she knew I was taking pictures... and yes, I really needed to paint her...lol
When my youngest granddaughter visited me, I asked her if she would pose for me and of course she said yes. She's very sweet and loves that I would want to paint her. I've painted her before but everyday she changes so its always a bit different! I used mostly soft Rembrandt pastels for this portrait.
I took a reference photo of this waterfall while hiking a few years back!!. It was so beautiful... I can still hear the sounds of the water falling against the rocks.. I probably would never find this place again, but at least I'll have this pastel painting. We decided that this was the perfect spot to have a picnic!!
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 49 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.