Had a group of friends over to my studio to paint from a model, a very lovely young woman named Katie. I took a break from painting, and did this little sketch, which I am much more pleased with than the painting, at least so far. No telling what I will do with the painting! For any of you in the area, I really recommend this model. She is professional, creative, lovely and holds a pose flawlessly. http://katiemariemodel.weebly.com/
Okay, so, I have no aspirations to become a "portrait painter", but I have been going to a weekly portrait painting group in Princeton, MA, hosted by the Princeton Art Society, because I think it is really important to keep returning to working from observation. Faces are so wonderful and challenging. I have painted with this group four times so far and this is the first painting I am happy enough with to post here. If you are interested in what the other artists in the group produced, visit their blog at http://princetonartssociety.blogspot.com/
Here is a recent experiment of mine with building out from the surface. It is such a new process for me that I'm not sure how I feel about it, but it was really fun to do. A big "Thank you" to Tracy Spadafora. She is a wonderfully talented encaustic artist (just about every piece of hers I look at I think, "man, I wish I made that!"), and a very patient teacher (I ask a boat-load of questions).
I am pleased to say that my painting, Spring, was chosen by juror Nina Gara Bozinik of the Currier Museum of Art (Manchester, NH) to be included in the Concord Art Association's annual members' show of painting and sculpture. I heard, unofficially, that something like 400 pieces were submitted and 97 were accepted. If you are in the area, I do recommend stopping in to see the exhibit. There is usually a wide range of styles represented, all of a high caliber.