Monday, August 31, 2009

Alex Garcia's Portraits in Egg Tempera

"El Boricua," by Alex Garcia (self-portrait), 6" x 8", egg tempera on panel

"Be Still," by Alex Garcia, (portrait of the artist's wife, Carmen)
20" x 16", egg tempera on panel

"Little Linda," by Alex Garcia, 8" x 6", egg tempera on panel (Alex's daughter)

"Little Puppet," by Alex Garcia, 8" x 6", egg tempera on panel (Alex's youngest son)

Alex's lovely family!

Generous artist and friend of mine, Alex Garcia, does so much for other artists, I'd like to thank him with a post, if it's just to show you how special his own art is. The example on top of this row of portraits shows how irresistibly Alex manages to get a spiritual quality in his portraits which is both iconic, and icon-like.

It's so inspiring to see how Alex does his egg tempera paintings. I recommend a visit to his website to see his step-by-step portrait of Carmen, his wife, and how beautifully he has also portrayed two of his children, shown here, as well as many others. I can't wait to see the finished portrait of of his oldest son, which is currently in step-by-step progress on his blog.

I believe it has been partly out of his respect and admiration for other egg tempera painters, such as Andrew Wyeth, and his willingness to take the time to study and to appreciate how others have worked with the medium that Alex has so finely tuned his own skills as a tempera painter. And it's easy to see also, from these family portraits, what a loving father and husband he is!


Kathleen Coy said...

Mona, thank you for sharing this wonderful artist with us! I enjoyed seeing the painting process on his website. His colors are so lush, and his art is full of emotion!

DEB said...

I will go to his website Mona! Hope all is well with you, and thanks for sharing this post!

Anonymous said...

Mona, Thank you so much for you kind words. I really do appreciate this. You are a good friend and artist I admire deeply. Blessing to you.


L.Holm said...

Wow! They're beautiful. Thank you for sharing the link to his work.

artbyakiko said...

Congrats Mona!! I totally agree with Alex about your paintings. The paintings he picked are all breathtaking. Thanks for the link.

suzanneberry said...

You are SICK!!! that's a good sick in so good you're sick! i love your freshness, richness. i can't stop looking when i pop by!!

thanks for the kind words regarding the Challenge and the spouse. i'm damn lucky and i know it. he's nearly perfect. the first one not so much.

i'm sure you will be. you are as luminous as your work, who can deny that kind of light. enjoy the weekend and thanks again. best, suz