Have You Experienced the Bruising Sun of Texas

Detail of the painting "Kelsey in the Burning Texas Sun"

Detail of the painting "Kelsey in the Burning Texas Sun"

I painted this portrait for my upcoming show.  After April 4th, I will be back in the coffee houses painting people “live”.

The sun can be brutal here in Texas – I used to try and force my portraits into the false, ambient lighting that you can only get in the North.  Then, I had a break-through.  I decided to just go with the harshness.  It gives an honest account of my roots, since I come from a long line of Irish/English cowpunchers and dirt farmers.

What do you think?


  1. txmomof3
    Posted March 13, 2009 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    I just stumbled onto your blog and absolutely love it. In fact I now have a desire to go hang out at all the coffee shops you go to just to see if you would happen to decide to do a painting of me and post it on here. Your pieces are extraordinary. Keep up the good work.

    • Posted March 13, 2009 at 9:13 am | Permalink

      Hey, Jennifer.

      Good timing – you caught me on the computer, updating my BLOGUS MAXIMUS!

      Thanks for that, really. I’ve been kind of down lately – studio work does that to me. Can hardly wait to get out to the coffee houses again.

      I’m thinking about putting some kind of updates on the blog, telling where I will be on a given day. There is so much more that I want to do!

      Also, if you want to follow me on Twitter, my username is: lavannamartin. I haven’t figured out how to add the widget, yet.



  2. Posted March 15, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Love how the face was handled in this painting.

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