Evening Road on 8″ x 10″ Panel https://vanessawithun.com/store/

This is a piece I began a while back and decided to touch it up today! I wanted to add more value changes. I will definitely be doing another one like this soon in a larger size. I love evening drives, especially as the sun is setting. 🙂

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Classical Portrait Study with Oil

Classical Portrait Study with Oil on 12″ x 16″ Linen Panel by Artist V.W.

I previously shared a portrait study I was working on. Here are some more details to that. I was surprised to learn how much red is in this painting. I am always done with this one, and although it is not exact, I am okay with it because I have learned so much. I plan to do more of these in the future.

Here are some of the steps: Drawing and “Dead Coloring Stage”

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Lady Nakeeda – Oil on 30″ x 40″ Canvas

I decided to use chiaroscuro, once again, for this oil painting. It is hard to capture everything in a photo due to the size. My recent project has been focused on trying to depict the seven different types of love described in Greek. I love combining Classical Realism with more contemporary styles. As we know, love is not one thing. You have love of self, love between friends, lovers, and more! This one is based on Philautia, or self-love.

Lady Nakeeda-Philautia: OIl on 30″ x 40″ Canvas by Vanessa Withun

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Pink Carnation and Apples: 16″ x 16″ Cradled Wood

I received a pink carnation flower for Mother’s Day and decided to pair it with some green apples. I arrange my still life as if it were a landscape–with depth and movement.

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Peering Through the Trees: Oil on 18″ x 20″ Canvas

Peering Through the Trees: Oil on 18″ x 20″ Canvas

I’m fortunate enough to have a tiny preserve right behind my backyard. I decided to paint the wetland area. This is on 18″ x 20″ Canvas. I can’t wait to more studies like this. I feel as an artist we shouldn’t get lost painting what others want us to paint or what society tells us is appropriate to paint in order to get noticed. In a time where people’s ideas are so heavily influenced my social media and identity politics, it is important that we remain honest with ourselves. These are things that should inspire us naturally. It has always been about aesthetics first no matter who or what I paint. The rest is always left to interpretation.

Happy New Year! First Painting of 2021

Hope everyone had a blessed holiday and a Happy New Year’s Day!

For the past few weeks I had been busy moving and happy to say I am settled in and ready to paint!

I decided to revisit an old photo that I painted from a while back for this painting. The other painting similar to this has sold so I don’t have a reference of my first approach. I was surprised at how much I remembered the process, although I feel this one turned out a little bit different.

As someone who grew up in an urban city in NY, I was captivated by the coastal scene and wetlands of the South. Perhaps it is because they are mysterious and full of wonder. There is beauty, but also darkness and mystery. The twisting twigs can appear chaotic and tell a story. I feel it is reflective of who I am. I can’t say this piece it is quite done, so I will leave it alone for a bit and come back to it.

Silent Stream: Oil on 18″ x 18″ Canvas
Underpainting progress…

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