In East Marion, N.Y. we have an amazing Lavender Farm. I took the reference photo of a worker gathering some lavenders to be sold. Of course, I bought some... I took it home and dried some, hanging them upside down. The smell is wonderful....pinching them brings out the fragrance even more!!!
My daughter gave me a photo that her girlfriend gave her from when she went to Italy. She thought it was so beautiful and asked me if I would paint it for her. I don't do too many paintings in oil but I enjoyed painting this. She loved it and its hanging in her living room wall. I added that this is a pastel portrait by mistake and cannot figure out how to fix it..lol.... but its an 18 x 24 oil painting.
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 53 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.