Isabel Lyon's framed portrait in The Mark Twain Room of The Lobster Pot
Isabel Lyon, 24 x 30 oil on linen
I just finished a Portrait of Isabel Lyon, Mark Twain's secretary, companion and household manager. It was a fun portrait to paint, to give her some well deserved recognition. I placed her in my family's antique carved rosewood chair and placed a copy of Mark Twain's Book "Captain Stormfield goes to Heaven" in her hand.
Her portrait will be featured in an upcoming Documentary by former PBS Director and Producer, James Nicoloro, called "The Redding Mark Twain"
Check out below to see the progression of Isabel's portrait.
This is the photo I used for the portrait, it was taken by Coburn in 1908 at Mark Twain's last home, Stormfield, in Redding Ct. I flipped the original reference photo as I wanted to make the portrait as original as possible.
Starting Isabel's portrait, first marks on the canvas.
Working on the first wash-in.
As the portrait progresses...........
Captain Stormfield wants his portrait painted too!!!!!!
The first wash-in
The portrait is progressing.
Carnelian Beads. The necklace that Isabel is wearing was made of Carnelian beads, (possibly belonging to Mark Twain's wife, Livy)
This is the book she is holding...the proceeds from this publicaton enabled Mark Twain to built his last home "Stormfield"
This chair, which has been in my family since the mid 1800's was used in the portrait