Art Theme: Portraits of Women

Since one of the main things I do is paint portraits, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite portrait paintings of women this week.

Okay, so the first one is not your traditional portrait. You can't see the face of the woman, but you sure can feel it. Clare Elsaesser is one of my favorite artists, with her palette and mood always being on point. Print available here.

  Swamp Thang  by Clare Elsaesser

Swamp Thang by Clare Elsaesser

I love the work of fashion illustrator Samantha Hahn. She is a true master of watercolor and her subject matter is often women. Check out her book Well Read Women for her interpretation of famous female book characters in her signature brilliant and colorful style.

  Helen of Troy  by Samantha Hahn

Helen of Troy by Samantha Hahn

I love the expression on this woman's face by Bret Pendlebury. There is just something about the direction of her eyes and that bob that speaks to me. Bret created the painting in acrylic, ink, colored pencil and watercolor on paper. You can purchase a print of it here.

  Vintage Woman Portrait  by Bret Pendlebury

Vintage Woman Portrait by Bret Pendlebury

One of my very favorite artists is Maira Kalman. Her work comes to life with her palette, sense of humor and imperfect brush strokes and lines that become...just perfect. If you haven't seen her blog for the New York Times, do yourself a favor and spend some time with it.

 Fountile by Maira Kalman

Fountile by Maira Kalman

Alex Katz captures the upper middle class of the 60's, 70's and beyond like no other. These cool people are often caught hanging out in oversized sunglasses and gorgeous acidic colors. The way he simplifies shape and form never ceases to amaze me. Isn't this portrait of his wife and often-subject Ada just sublime?

 Ada with Bathing Cap by  Alex Katz

Ada with Bathing Cap by Alex Katz

If you have an artist that you'd love to share, please leave the name(s) in the comments below.

Don't forget to check out my Portraits board on Pinterest!