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This portrait was a collaborative effort with the dog’s
owner to create a surprise gift for her husband in time for
Christmas. He is crazy about his little female pug dog!
Earlier in the Fall, she and I had done a photo shoot of Jelly Bean,
inside and outside their lovely home in Magnolia. But,
as it turned out, Jelly Bean was in no mood to be photographed
that day. None of the two hundred images were worthy of
transferring into a painting. The pug looked angry instead of
her natural soulfulness.
What to do? Re-shoot? We decided instead to use the
adorable iPhone candid shot that her daughter had taken of Jelly
Bean sometime earlier. The photo was beautifully framed and
had been placed in a prominent spot in their bedroom. We
agreed I should borrow the photo in its frame to use for the
painting. Thank goodness, her husband never noticed it was missing.
What was the verdict Xmas morning?
He loved it!!!
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It’s always interesting when a client places an order.
I had done a 12×12 abstraction for her earlier this year
which was a variation of an 8×8 abstraction already in my
In this case she wanted another 12×12 abstraction as
a companion piece with more specific color choices.
The predominant color would be cobalt blue.
(Hence the title).
The other colors she requested were kelley green,
pink, yellow and white – all in specific quantities for each
color. Mind you, these were not colors I would have
thought of using on my own. New challenges.
I’ve always loved them!!
It’s so gratifying to receive a surprise email
like the one below from one of my clients ….
Her headline read “Awesome work in Sydney”
“Dear Linda – I am visiting Sydney….
and walked into the offices of Wellington Management…
to find a large koi painting by you in the reception area!
You are global!!!
My iphone image does not do your work justice!”
Wellington has seven of my paintings, mostly koi,
plus a rain forest with parrots.
The above koi painting was in their corporate
office lobby here in Boston for many years.
I had no idea it had been moved to Australia! 🙂
Bowl of Rocks 2
48 x 60 inches
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I just discovered this brochure from 2012.
My painting was featured on their cover.
This happened just before I began my blog,
so I wanted to include it now.
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All eight 12×12 koi images purchased together
from my October 2017 show in Boston!
Am so happy they remained together as a series, since that’s
how I had imaged them to be.
The series had been on display for awhile at Delta Airlines premier
lounge in Logan Airport, Boston.
As the display came to a close, they decided to keep them there!!!
Thank you Beth Urdang Gallery!
All was negotiated while I was on a trip out of the country.
And thank you internet! 🙂
To the Water
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The above image is from a series of paintings done while I was a student for 6 weeks at the Skowhegan School in Maine during the summer of 1974.
Faceless people, free form, endless color. I loved doing them!
Recently, a client from Cambridge, MA visited my studio and loved this idea too. He also noted a watercolor I had hanging on my wall of musicians and dancers by Zygmund Jankowski. He was drawn to the free-form playfulness of both approaches.
When I incorporated these ideas together, including other romantic elements he wanted to include, this is what evolved on the canvas, 41 years later 🙂
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Koi with Waterfall #5
oil on canvas
About a month ago, I was contacted through my website by a young woman who had seen this painting in the lobby of Lahey Hospital in Peabody, MA. She was hoping that I was the artist. I was indeed the artist, and delighted to learn that her family had been enjoying this painting for some time during her father’s medical treatment at Lahey.
Shortly after that, her Mother contacted me. She had been trying to find me for four and a half years! Her husband, now deceased, was also a painter and absolutely loved the painting. Despite her inquiries at the Lahey, no one knew anything about me, or where to contact me. They do now 🙂 Because my signature in the lower right corner was difficult to read (she thought it was Hoyt instead of Holt), her daughter, ever the sleuth, googled koi painters. Thankfully, up popped my name!
Now that she found me (apparently many others had asked about the painting too 🙁 I quickly sorted through old slides that could be used for a giclee print. Well, this was one of those times that the painting slipped out the door without my having photographed it! What to do??!!
My wonderful giclee printer got special permission to photograph the painting on site (with his own security guard) and made an absolutely gorgeous reproduction – one fourth the size – 24×30 inches. The client picked it up over the weekend and is thrilled with the result. I was too!! Here’s a temporary home for her new piece:
This launches a new series of larger abstractions.
Pure paint. Thick, globby oil.
The best quality. Purest color.
But I must say, I stopped short of buying the $50 small tubes.
No title yet. 🙁
Lots going on in the studio in many directions.
At the top of the list is a long term assignment designing a set of tarot cards. Fortunately, the wonderful woman I’m doing them for has been incredibly patient with my progress. They’ve been both a challenge (small scale) and fun. If all goes well, we’re looking at the end of June for them to be done.
More dog portraits are also in the works. I call them my “adopted pets” since I no longer have my own dogs. And I miss not having them!
And larger abstractions. (30×40’s)
And the ever present koi. (12×12’s)
Will post images of all of these as soon as I’m comfortable sharing what’s already “already in the works.”
My college suite-mate, Donna Sexton, in my studio
for her senior yearbook photo shoot at Skidmore College.
(Wearing tapestry slacks that she made herself :))