Last week, Becky was my headliner.  This week, Margaret is the star.  Margaret is another of our regular models.  She met with a terrible mishap last Spring:  While modeling for another group–in a standing pose, she fainted, and crashed from  the model stand onto her jaw, breaking it in three places and damaging 11 teeth.  Young people don’t buy health insurance, and Margaret was just past the age when she could have been included under her parents’ policy.  But you’d never know from her cheerful attitude that the whole traumatic, painful and expensive mess was anything but an adventure.  She even celebrates the scar  under her chin.  So let’s celebrate her this week, and her youthful exuberance that refuses to be bottled up.

The paintings, all painted in the past month, are shown in chronological order.

Figure on the Green Tuffet

Margaret, portrait from the right side

Second portrait of M, left side

We were so happy to see her again, that we have cut her some slack with the talking.  She’s a talker, and even a jaw wired shut could not completely shut her up, according to her dad (as reported by Margaret).  That relatively silent period probably increases the happiness she feels now in being able to talk nonstop.   Stop her we did, eventually, because you just can’t paint a face that is talking.

AlineLotter is currently exhibiting:

at the Hatfield Gallery in Manchester; at the Bartlett Inn in Bartlett; at the Red Jacket Inn in North Conway;  at the Pantano Gallery in the Shapiro Library at Southern NH University; at the Derry Public Library; at the law offices at 41 Brook St in Manchester; and at her studio by appointment.

5 responses to “Margaret

  1. Your work is really good, Aline. My favorite is the “woman leaning on the block of wood”. Keep up the good work!!

    I wanted to thank you for the free-bee next to last Saturday but the class resumed and you were hard at work. I had a time with the changing of the model ad found my previous work void. I did more erasing than painting, I am afraid, wasting the good model’s new stand.

    Perhaps when the mood is bit more silenced I can tr it again. The next time I would bring my pastels….and many, many pastel erasers! Since I am the only one who had problems with the subtle changes in the poses, I can learn how they all compensated, for I love the human form.

    Enjoy the MAA meeting. I’ll check on the program and may decide to go there with you.

    See you soon…er Yvonne


  2. These portraits are great. Love your use of color. Margaret is really a star. See you next Monday night. Keep up the good work. Ellie


  3. Yvonne, the best solution to subtle changes in the model’s position is to get the necessaries down before the first break, and follow the changes in the unnecessaries as you choose. After the first break, if the model is not lining up according to your “necessaries”, let him/her know. Of course, the problem always is, did the model move or am I just seeing it better now?


  4. They’re all quite good (and I like a title with the word ”tuffet”), but there is a lot that is wonderful about Second Portrait.
    She looks as though she has something she’d like to say.