This page is only about painting people I know. People who have posed for me or have given me a photograph. To me it’s obvious which are direct and which are from a photo. I have quite a few of each kind, so I’m putting them here to see them together. I like different mediums such as watercolor, oil, egg tempera and pencil.
Watercolor of my son David while sleeping.
My son while he was sleeping, painted it in 2000. I’m really glad to have painted this moment since it brings back memories.
My Aunt and her baby daughter; in the Alameda evening California natural light.
My son in the park, a studio painting.
This is my cousin. She posed everyday for about a week. The time between when I gave it to her in hand and the next time I spoke to her – it, the painting, got lost. A mystery to this day.
A large egg tempera painting on canvas; commissioned portrait from a snap-shot of significant other. He gave it the title.
My good friend Alerie, in the painting she’s wearing bright red clothes, but I only have a black and white of this painting; it’s hers. Maybe we’ll run into each other one day.
Another good friend Leasa, this is a portrait of her on a wood-cut. It is quite large since it’s bigger than life. One of my favorite people has this painting and I’m glad.
I wanted to do a painting about Cleopatra getting bit by a poisonous snake and my friend posed for a few sessions.
I like my Mom and Dad’s wedding pictures. It’s a good topic to practice pencil on paper since it take a lot of hours to do.
I’ve made a lot of paintings and drawings of my son since he was born. This is a new-born painting; less than 15 days.
This is a sanguine pencil drawing of my Great Grandmother Agustina in Malaga, Spain. I was staying with my family in Malaga in the summer of 1983.
This is an oil painting on paper of my Grandfather, Jose Luis O’Donnell Lara. He was watching TV while I painted him in Madrid, Spain in 1983
My Grandmother, Maria de Laguno Zuzuarregui, Posed for me for quite a long time here in Madrid. I was living with my Grandparents at that time.
This is Isabel, the mother of my son’s best friend in 2012. Isabel posed for me every day for about a week. She wanted me to shorten her neck, but I liked the long neck look.
This is a large painting of my son with a cat while we were in Cantalojas.
I was living on campus at SFSU when I made this wood cut. I wanted to do a Klimptish style here of this very extravagant guy I met there.
I met Alerie at SFSU. The last thing I heard from her is that she was living in NY. This is a drawing from a picture I took of her in the stairwell.
Julia, a very interesting person and photographer I met in San Diego. A great model. I remember that she didn’t move until I finished.
I met Stasha at Grossmont College in 1985. She posed for this painting for quite a few hours. She is gazing into the distance.