Kathie Wheeler, "Mae in October," oil, 24 x 18 in.
Kathie Wheeler, "Mae in October," oil, 24 x 18 in.

On “Mae in October”

by Kathie Wheeler

When painting a portrait, I try to stay true to the essence of the person.

I often begin a portrait with a small study to work out the composition and color before starting on the larger painting. I do not typically draw the figure onto the canvas first, but rather begin with gestural strokes and a rough block-in of the masses of color and value.

This sweet little girl lives on a sheep farm with her family in southwestern Wisconsin, so it was only fitting to paint Mae outside, ruddy-cheeked, wearing the hat, sweater, and mittens her mother made from the wool of their sheep.

Her gaze, looking straight out to the viewer, keeps bringing you back to her face. I intentionally left the rest of the painting loose, so the eye dances around the painting, but always returns to her face.

About the Artist

Kathie Wheeler is a classically trained fine art portrait painter in southwest Wisconsin, working primarily in oils. Website: kathiewheeler.com

Additional Paintings

painting of a fire dancer
“Fire Dancer” by Kathie Wheeler
"Into the Veil" by Kathie Wheeler
“Into the Veil” by Kathie Wheeler
"Pretty in Pink" by Kathie Wheeler
“Pretty in Pink” by Kathie Wheeler
"Spirit" by Kathie Wheeler
“Spirit” by Kathie Wheeler
"Summer Dreams" by Kathie Wheeler
“Summer Dreams” by Kathie Wheeler
"Where Fairies Dwell" by Kathie Wheeler
“Where Fairies Dwell” by Kathie Wheeler

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