I Painted this Pretty Girl at Cafe Medici

Pretty girl with an orange soda

Pretty girl with an orange soda


  1. Posted November 20, 2008 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    I like it. Do you have your paints out on the table?

  2. Posted November 20, 2008 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Hi, wrjones.

    I either have them on the table (I developed carpal by using a LARGE hand-held palette for 8 hours at a time. I weigh in a little over 100 lbs so, it took a toll), or in a chair beside me.

    Here is a link to a photo of my pochade kit that I carry on a milk crate on my bicycle:


    And here is a picture of the milk crate loaded for a painting session at a coffee house:


    Thank you,

    ~Lavanna Martin

  3. Posted November 24, 2008 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    What size canvas do you typically use for these live oil sketches?

  4. Posted November 24, 2008 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Hi, Robbie.

    I have been waiting for someone to ask me that!

    I used Frederich’s 9×12 canvas sheets exclusively. It is the perfect size for my quick oil sketches. Also, I don’t have the panic of ruining a canvas board. I never use stretched surfaces because I like a more stable area when I paint.

    If you want to talk more about technique, you may go over to Facebook, and request to be a friend. I love to talk about painting, and I don’t know everything!

    ~Lavanna Martin

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