The Post-Exhibition Blues

Do you, dear artist, go into a funk after an exhibition? When the frenzy and anticipation of preparing for a show are behind you and the party high of opening night is over,… Continue reading

Portrait painter to the elite

The Grand Palais in Paris is planning a retrospective of Marie-Louise-Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun for 2015. A master colorist like her idol, Peter Paul Rubens, Vigee Le Brun (1755-1842) enjoyed great success as… Continue reading

Still Learning

I’m back to blogging after a ridiculously long absence, inspired by the fresh new look of my blog, thanks to webmaster Michael Gabriel (www.michaelgabrielcommunications.com). I’ve spent much of the past year on skills… Continue reading

New website

Hi all. My website revamp is complete. Check it out at http://www.clarethorbes.com. Kudos to webmaster Michael Gabriel (www.michaelgabrielcommunications.com) for turning my half-formed ideas into this fresh new look. I love his creative solution… Continue reading

For the Love of Cows

Painting cows en plein air should be easy, I thought. Placid animals, they’ll stay nice and still, right? Well, they may not move quickly, but they’re in constant motion! Where’s a cow whisperer… Continue reading

Puppy Love

Our Lab-Border Collie hound never met a dog toy he couldn’t shred. Only his Kong Ball is intact. A portrait of Spock is in the works. Now on, from Dec. 6 to Dec.… Continue reading

Web site redesign

┬áMy website, clarethorbes.com, is being redesigned, so new images will be posted here for now. I’m reading Rembrandt: The Painter at Work, by Ernst van de Wetering. The oak panels Rembrandt painted on… Continue reading

50 Sittings for One Portrait?

French artist Leon Bonnat (1833-1922) asked this and more from his portrait subjects. Laudable devotion to one’s craft, but agony for the sitter, I would think. For images and more info on this… Continue reading