Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The Figure

"Seated Woman"
by Linda O'Neill ~ 1992
16" x 20" oil on canvas

So look what I found down in the tuff shed in Petaluma! My mom has been storing lots of my old paintings from art school for me and this is one of them from 16 years ago. It was my very meager attempt at doing figurative work in the style of Richard Deibenkorn, one of my favorite American Painters. As you probably have surmised from my website and blog, I am not a figurative painter. I always wanted to be...but my destiny seems to be more related to figures with tails. That suits me just fine though!

"Woman in Profile"
by Richard Diebenkorn ~ 1958
68" x 58" oil on canvas

Below is an amazing portrait painting we saw when we recently visited the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. I just fell in love with it and I think you can probably guess why. James and I have re-named it though...and now call it "Shennon and Maisie"...after our beautiful red-headed friend, Shennon and our beautiful brindle headed dog! Whatcha think, Shens? :)

"A Celtic Huntress"
by George de Forest Brush ~1890
20" x 17" oil on canvas

Back tomorrow with a new abstract!


Sandy said...

I like the style of your seated woman, its' cool.

Hope if you have more from your early artist days you'll post them.

Moira said...

Very cool Celtic Huntress! You're Diebenkorn is terrific too.

Melissa & Emmitt said...

hi linda!
i love seeing all of your work! it is amazing all of the pieces you keep finding! :)
you are just the coolest!

Manon Doyle said...

What fun to see your old work! I think they're great!
It's amazing when we see how we've evolved as artists.

Neda said...

Welcome back! It is so wonderful that your Mom kept all your treasures...I know that there are many figurative paintings in you waiting to just come out and make a splash on canvas..C'mon, pretty please?!

Karine said...

I agree with Neda. Maybe you ARE a figure painter!!! Love the "Celtic Huntress". That RED HAIR!

thorngren said...

Diebenkorn is one of my favs as well.
Yes, post more from early days-
that is a good idea.

Peggi Habets Studio said...

I actually like your early painting. It shows an effort to experiment that most high school kids don't try. Thanks for posting the beautfiul portrait. I had never heard of the artist before your post.

Donna said...

Your painting at the age of 16 was very good!
I think the renaming of the reheaded huntress and dog is perfect!

Bronwyn, said...

What a fabulously true to life complexion in Celtic Huntress, and what a strong faced woman!