A Labor of Love

I had a vision about three years ago, when I was still painting at the Acorn Gallery School of Art three times a week. My house was up for sale, and my husband and I  were  moving to our condo in Florida, so I realized that my time at Acorn would be coming to an end. I owed so much to my dear friend and mentor, Debra Freeman Highberger, for opening up the world of oil painting for me, that I thought it would be a great idea for us to write a book together—a textbook published to preserve Debra’s legacy and perpetuate the lessons taught at Acorn, the lessons that made me the painter I am today. That was my vision…so Debra and I began to have meetings to map out the book and then hammer out the text. Most of the drawings and paintings that illustrate it (a picture is worth a thousand words?) are Debra’s. I had to learn an entirely new skill set to format the book and prepare it for publication. Now finally…finally…I am tremendously proud and happy to announce that PAINTING LESSONS l A Practical Approach to the Philosophy of Painting, by Debra Freeman Highberger and Nancy Satin, is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions and on iBooks!!! Debra will have paperback copies available for sale at Acorn Gallery School of Art as of October 5th, and I will have them in Palm Beach Gardens as well. I’m finding it hard to stop smiling. This has truly been a labor of love. Yay!!!

     

Me & MGee | Part I

I’m about to take a page from my mentor’s playbook and publish my progress on a small portrait of my littlest granddaughter, Mila Grey Satin, sometimes referred to as MGee. Though I’ve painted her for her parents, it’s my turn to have an image of her for our condo in Florida, where her sister and cousins are already well represented. This is the grisaille, a drawing in paint of this precious child, that I always do monochromatically, hoping to catch the essence of my subject before my brain starts to name the parts of her face and I wind up with a generic baby, instead of her. This is Mila.