In September my daughter took me to Old Town in San Diego. I’ll have to say it is my favorite place in the state of California. It portrays historic events from the settlement of the state. There are blacksmith shops, churches, old homes, galleries and restaurants. My very favorite area is Fiesta de Reyes. It  represents old Mexico. It is absolutely beautiful with it’s landscaping. Musicians serenade the customers. There are many wonderful restaurants.

I was drawn to one of the outdoor restaurants. I couldn’t help but notice the hostess. She was so enthusiastic and cheerful. I could tell she loved her job and the people she served. I’m pretty picky about who I do portraits of, but I knew I wanted to paint her. I asked her if I could. I was so glad she said yes.

The most important thing in a portrait is the eyes. As it has been said, they are the window to the soul. In this portrait you’ll see I have her slightly turned and her head goes off the top of the canvas. These techniques add interest and draw the viewer directly to the subject.

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December 13, 2011

Angie @ 3:43 pm #

I think this is gorgeous. I love the facial features and skin. Nice job.

Nicole Froerer @ 4:07 pm #

This turned out so great! This is one of my favorite portraits you have done. I love you!

Dave @ 5:18 pm #

Tom, once again, you’re looking good. Great job! I’m glad that you’re painting as much as you are.

Christine @ 5:33 pm #

Wow! It turned out great. Makes me happy I was with you when you found new inspiration. :)

Jennifer @ 6:58 pm #

Gorgeous…I love her skin and the sparkle in her eyes.

Joanna @ 8:57 pm #


December 20, 2011

Dina B. Ramirez @ 3:37 pm #

Mr. Slack, you are a truly gifted artist. I’m so impressed by how well you captured my daughter’s physical features and inner essence on the canvass. Thanks.

Tom Slack @ 6:28 pm #

@Dina B. Ramirez:
Thank you for your comments. You have a very special daughter.

December 31, 2011

Susie @ 10:12 am #

So beautiful!!

April 29, 2013

Ana @ 12:59 am #

Hello Tom!
Thank you once again for painting this, it is absolutely beautiful and I feel honored that you asked me if you could paint me. Thank you and best of luck in future endeavors!

May 2, 2013

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