I Painted Hannah Today


Hannah is the daughter of a good friend of mine

This is a studio painting that I just did from a photograph of Hannah.  She really did not want her mom to take her picture. Both her mom and I just loved the photo; we can all identify with the raw and stubborn posture. I just love the transparency of emotion that are portrayed here. Kids are not good at faking things just to make nice, and bless them for that.


  1. Tom
    Posted October 30, 2009 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    What a beautiful portrait! Great work.

  2. Sarah
    Posted November 2, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lavanna,

    What a superb portrait!! Love it! I think your skill in capturing the girl’s personality is masterful. I love the rich, vibrant tones of this work.

  3. Posted November 4, 2009 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    This is a very nice blog… I can see that you put a lot of heart on your posts, that’s why I’m sure I’d visit here more often.

  4. Posted November 7, 2009 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    I know nothing about art and painting! (Sorry for my english, I´m german). I like your pictures, maybe it´s because I worked for years in bars and cafés. So, I share your point of view!
    from Hamburg: Max

    • Posted November 9, 2009 at 8:01 am | Permalink

      Hi, Max.

      Hello, to you! Ahhh, I would love to paint in some old cafes in Hamburg. Are you celebrating the Wall in Hamburg, also? I don’t know any German, but your English is very good.
      I love the Title of your blog – wish I could read German!


  5. Posted November 10, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    No, i did not really celebrated this day. But I was born in Berlin (West) and I grew up there till 18. So I am something like an Island- Man?
    In Hamburg: there are nice bars, but I think you know this: if you are a stranger in a town you meet and understand strangers more then the natives!

    • Posted November 10, 2009 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Max.

      Do you have an opinion about the Trabant? I hear that it is making a comeback in Germany.
      Also, Ahhh – love what you said about strangers being able to see things that the natives no longer notice. I met this Danish couple once that said that Austin was “dirty”.
      Please tell me what your blog is about.

      Thank you,


  6. Posted November 11, 2009 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    my blog is a little bit strange. I try my very best: there is a Radiostation “106.8 Alsterradio”. In the evening there is a programm on air, it´s like a Talkshow on radio. Eight people talk together. I just comment this. I split from the old blog. That´s why I started this blog. But I am not a really nice writing guy, so I am not longer allowed to call there. That´s the main theme. And I write what I see, what I feel.
    I think very special about drugs: I gave up cigarettes but I didn´t gave up smoking!
    The show is called Schnackline, in english…wait…OK. can´t translate directly. It´s the middle between talk and gossip!

  7. Posted November 11, 2009 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Because of Washington Sniper John Allen Muhammad,yesterday they tlked about death penalty. Imagine, one guysaid he wants convicted man as a organ bank… ! For me it is impossible to stay calm and cool hearing Nazi- shit like this.
    Many times I am shocked what germans talk. They do not even realize what these “ideas” are coming from.
    And I can´t be quiet. People are talking nazi- bullshit or etc.: Max fights.
    Why should I fly to Pelestine, Israel, China, ……..when I open my heart to my neighrbours I can learn enough about cultures.

  8. Posted November 13, 2009 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Watching Hannah,
    what I did the last days I ask myself, what she´s thinking of. She feels sad because there s a problem. Might just be new to her, but I can see Hannah knows there will be a solution.
    I created a word for this: posimistic. This means positiv optimism. OK… creating this I was drunk! Happy weekend!

    • Posted November 13, 2009 at 9:28 am | Permalink

      Hi, Max.

      I just love this comment. Let’s be possimistic! OK! Oh the fun of it!


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