Category Archives: Portraits

Don & Woody

I don’t know why I don’t spend more time sketching portraits. I enjoy the process and marvel at the way the slightest tilt of eyebrow or corner of the mouth can thoroughly change the expression and character of a subject. … Continue reading

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Dotti’s Portrait of Rixana

My sister, Rixana, just celebrated her birthday this week which brought to mind this portrait of her that our Mom painted. Rix was out on the San Francisco Bay, one of her favorite places and she was wearing turquoise, one … Continue reading

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Dotti”s Multiple-Great Grandmother Betsy Fay

This week’s installment of paintings by my Mom, Dorothy Rix McPherson showcases an heirloom that has been in the Rix family for over 200 years! Check it out at! Continue reading

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Putah Creek Pool

Two Questions: Which format do you prefer for “Putah Creek Pool”, square or rectangular? Can you find the Ouzel? Continue reading

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June 7: Wine Not

  As W.C. Fields once said “I enjoy cooking with wine. Sometimes  I even put it in my food.” I definitely enjoyed painting this guy, especially the steam rising out of the copper pot!  

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March 19: Mae’s Doll

Back on Valentine’s Day, I painted Mae with her Doll. Its easy to see how much she loves it!  I’m actually working from a full-length photo of Mae which includes a doll’s pram beside her. One of these days I … Continue reading

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March 17: Mae in Guache

Really, people, I HAVE been painting! I just haven’t been posting.  No time available.  Anyway, back on February 7th I tried painting Mae using guache thinking it would be easier than watercolor because mistakes could be painted over. Ha! I … Continue reading

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February 4: Mae

At the Daily Paintworks, the weekly challenge is to paint using single strokes of color.  I had already decided to get back to painting portraits this week, inspired by Jo MacKenzie’s recent portrait masterpieces. The result? – I discovered that … Continue reading

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September 19: Practice Portrait

I am excited! Tomorrow I get to learn about painting portraits from Kris Bell who paints fabulous portraits full of character and color. She is bringing me up to speed so that I can take her Friday workshop this October. … Continue reading

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Pecan Tree Take-Down

  I painted this scene of my friend Federico taking down an old pecan tree in our backyard for the Daily Paintworks weekly challenge “Make it Move”.  He was working 40 feet up in the air, making it look easy!  I’m … Continue reading

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