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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"Peasant Girl" by Pat Koscienski

"Peasant Girl"
30" x 26"
Pastel on canson
"Peasant Girl" was painted in Portrait/Figure class at York Art Association in York, PA. Amanda, the vice president of YAA at the time borrowed the costume from York Little Theater and posed for 2 of our classes. Painting portraits and figures from real life can be challenging, but can be quite a learning experience forcing one to see the fine shadows and color of the skin and contours of the underlying bone structure. To see more of my paintings, abstract and representational, visit my website at


Claire said...

Pat, you are so versatile - everything you paint is excellent!

AutumnLeaves said...

This is so very beautifully done, Pat! I love her costume too and the way you've faded it out at the bottom of the piece. Funnily enough, I was thinking that her features looked quite a bit like you! LOL Your talents are limitless, my friend.

Pat Koscienski said...

Thank you, Claire, for your supportive comments.

Pat Koscienski said...

Summer, you have a good eye. Another artist who knows me also felt that there was more of a resemblance to me than to Amanda. Maybe the face, but the figure is definitely Amanda's. It's eerie, because I painted her live in class and had the photo for reference in the studio.

Rosemary said...

This must have been fun! What a great job you did. I agree...she looks like you! A portrait instructor once told our class that we always give the subject some feature of ours! I think it's fascinating the way that works! In my case it's the deep grin lines...I really have to be careful not to pass those on! Yikes! This is a large piece! Wow!

Pat Koscienski said...

Thanks, Rosemary, I never heard of that. Those poor models.