Study of Sarah, 12 x 10
Last weekend, I taught a really fun workshop at Atlanta Artists Center on Capturing the Essence...painting studies of children, or really, the figure - from photographs. My usual workshop format is alla prima - doing studies from life set-ups, but I love this one too. Fifteen participants were game and we had lots of fun, great lunches at the restaurant next door, and maybe a sip of wine as well. Below are some shots of the proceedings!
Photo Source for Quick Demo on Saturday
Linear Placement Sketch of figure
Color Sketch of subject, placement of value shapes
Below are some of the quick studies done by the class, who used a limited palette and big brushes...
I think they are really good - wish I had taken some close-ups!
I also wanted to post a few photos I took at the Portrait Society of America Convention, which was held here in Atlanta a few weeks ago. Went on Friday only, but I did get to attend a Michele Dunaway /David Kassan demo. Also, in the morning, I was lucky to see the fabulous watercolor painter, Mary Whyte and accomplished portraitist, Michael Shane Neal do demos too!
There was great energy all around -- AND I met Rosemary of the Rosemary Brush Company. (She and I created a "Nancy Franke Brush Kit" which is available at www.rosemaryandcompany.com, and which has lots of the synthetic flats and brights that I prefer).
Nancy's Brush Kit,
left to right # 10 bright, series 274, # 6 Ivory Filbert, # 8 Ivory Short Flat, # 10 Ivory Filbert, # 10 Ivory Short Flat, # 10 Ivory Long Flat, # 12 Ivory Long Flat
Next are some photos I randomly took of various paintings on display, both from the demos and from the paintings selected as finalists in the International Portrait Competition.
Here is one demo from Thursday Night's "Face Off," where 15 artists painted different models for two hours, setting the tone for the weekend of painting to follow!
Joseph Todorovich demo (of model Annie Jefferson) from the"Face Off"
Jeffery Hein demo from Face Off;
this one won the People's Choice Award
Quang Ho demo from Face Off
Michele Dunaway Demo (on right) from Friday breakout session
Close up of Michele Dunaway's piece.. wonderful value shapes and sensitivity to the pose.
Some portraits I liked from the Finalists in the International Competition, which were on exhibit: