The Gal Is Now Complete

Rodeo Gal 2010

Lilibeth André, Rodeo Gal, oil, 24x16

This is the painting after the final sitting so Rodeo Gal is now complete. I may go back and touch up something here or there but for the most part, I say it is now finished.  I don’t like to paint without the model present in these pieces painted from life.

I feel happy with the way it turned out portraying the attitude and confidence of the cowgirl on her saddle.

WIP On Two

Rodeo Gal WIP 2

Lilibeth André, Rodeo Gal WIP 2

I have Work In Progress (WIP) for two pieces here.

I must say that not all artists like to show their work in progress. A friend asked me why. Well, I explained, it is like showing yourself before you are fully dressed.

In my younger days, I would never be caught with curlers on and my brothers enjoyed letting the boyfriend in before I had taken them off. It’s kind of like that feeling.

Then he asked how it is that I do it. After giving some thought I figure I’m a born teacher. I relish on sharing the process and knowledge just as much as I do learning new things and asking questions. And I don’t wear curlers anymore.

Last you saw the first WIP for Rodeo Gal. In this version I’ve made drawing corrections mostly on arms and shirt. The model had forgotten her hat in the previous sitting so in this session I drew the hat and the placement of the hands.

The shirt was too warm so I toned it down. I added a little of the highlights on the hair and got a feel for some of the detailing on the shirt around the cuffs. I’m enjoying this piece and the way it is coming together.

In the next session I expect to have all remaining color blocked in on the background and hat, and detailing begun, particularly on the face.

Spring Motherhood 10

Lilibeth André, Spring Motherhood, oil, 16x12

Here is the final sitting for Spring Motherhood. We had our last session with the model as she is expecting her baby’s arrival this week or next. We figured it was best to avoid too much excitement at the studio.

I may add a little detail here or there but I consider this work pretty much complete. I intend to keep this piece fresh without overworking it.

Playing Catch-up

I missed the first portrait class with William Kalwick this month but quickly caught up with my drawing and color block-in.

Rodeo Gal WIP 1

Lilibeth André, Rodeo Gal, Work in Progress 1

This month marks my second year with Bill.  I enjoy the class very much and have learned a tremendous amount making me a happy portrait artist. What I enjoy about Bill’s class is that he is not out to create a clone of himself. He respects the raw material in each artist and works with that to enhance the artist’s skills depending on where each individual is coming from. Everyone is already an experienced artist wanting to work on portrait painting in oil. He tailors his teachings to each student. Needless to say I enjoy Bill’s artwork. That is why I chose to study under him. I’m very fortunate he lives here in Houston.

In Rodeo Gal, I chose a pose that I hope reflects some of the model’s attitude. My goal in this session was to prepare the work for drawing correction in the next session.

All my work done in this class is painted live. I consider this one of the important elements of the class: to learn to see. I believe that once I learn to see, I can access that information from my painting memory as an important and valuable asset.

Spring Motherhood WIP1

Lilibeth André, Spring Motherhood, Work in Progress 1

With the Markos Group I started Spring Motherhood. I took the liberty to change up the background from the usual backdrop. Our sitters for this group are typically members of the community.

So we’ve had a chef, a sheriff, a donut maker, a mayor, and an accountant sitting for our group. We’ve also shared family and friends, and when in desperate need, posed ourselves for the group. All for the good of the group of course. The sacrifice comes in not being able to paint when on the model dais, and that is why we are there, to paint.

We have found it is difficult to pose and paint at the same time but it can be done. It is also good practice for plein aire figure painting.

Event Honoring Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Evening honoring Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
March 19 – 6 PM – 9:30 PM

Reception, Visual Art, Poetry, and Music

The evening begins with a free reception and visual art exhibit at 6 PM celebrating artwork inspired by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a seventeenth-century Mexican nun, poet, playwright and mathematician who championed the right of women to be educated. The visual art exhibit will be displayed through April 30.

At 7:30 PM the evening continues with a bilingual poetry reading and flamenco guitar music presented by The Flamenco Poets Society. For more information about the society, the reading, or music call Julietta Ducote at 713-520-9364.

Admission for the reading is $15 for the general public and $10 for students with a student ID.

1900 Kane, Houston, Texas 77007
(713) 802-9370

Know Your Vaquero Terms?

Bold Beauty

Lilibeth André, Bold Beauty, oil, 14x14

I had the honor to be at the reception offered by Macario and Chrissie at Casa Ramirez. Macario is an institution in the Houston Heights, sharing the Hispanic culture, particularly as it pertains to local aspects, with his shop. His collection of curio items, books, typical Mexican market items and collectibles are displayed across the store. My favorites are his photos from the Mexican revolution. He features local artists and their work ranges from painting to poetry.

This month, the theme is on the influence the vaquero and ranchero had on Texas and the American west. Besides featuring samples of my work from the Southwest series, Macario is currently featuring antique saddles, rope, branding irons, spurs and historic photo prints of the old King Ranch.


Lilibeth André, Obstinance, oil, 12x12

I was captivated with these items. Scattered among the displays, Macario includes literature to enhance our knowledge of these items. I picked up one of his fliers and in it found many of the Americanized vaquero terms specific to the old west.

Being bilingual, I can understand how these words were adopted and modified from the original terms. Above all,  vaquero is my favorite because it started out as buckeroo (va-que-roo). Now we know buckeroos as cowboys.

There are other words such as ranch from the word rancho, boots from botas, lariat from la riata (the rope), lasso  from lazo, and chaps from chaparreras.

This week I also had the opportunity to visit the Houston Rodeo.  I saw cowboys in action with a common vocabulary from these roots. Rodeo comes from the word rodeo or round-up.  Spurs, taps, cinches, hackamores, conchos and palomino, all of these words from the shared inheritance of the old vaqueros and rancheros of the old frontier.

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