Painted from the model today at Coppini

Donna B. invited me to return to the portrait group's session at the Coppini today- something I hadn't done in over a year. I had a blast. I'd mixed up my times and was supposed to be there for an earlier session where they had a dancer for the model. I did get to take some photos of her for reference at the end of her session, but in our session we had a woman who'd never modelled before. She was absolutely still and comfortable-looking the entire time, though. The session was three hours long, but I packed it in after two and a quarter hours. This painting is still soppy wet, so it has some shine on it from the overhead light, but I thought I'd post a photo anyway.
Diane M. joined me there, so I got to see her twice this week. She jokes about me "listening to Mother" (referring to herself), but I've discovered that if I follow her direction things go well. She's been responsible for me entering a couple of competitions where I won awards and she's passed on a few painting basics she learned from studying with Dick Turner that I use now.
I'll be flying off to Idaho Saturday morning with my sister to help my folks drive down to Arizona where they're selling a house. I'll be back late Thursday. Not sure I'll be able to post anything while I'm gone, but I'll appreciate any comments you leave.


Jo Castillo said...

Love your strokes on this. Your portraits are so lovely. :) I hope to see some in person one of these days.


Jana Bouc said...

Wow! I'm in awe of your technique--and you did that in two hours. Amazing. What size is the painting? Her skin tones and features and shadows are all just lovely! This is just what I want to learn to do. Thanks for the inspiration!

Susan Carlin said...

I usually try to remember to put medium and size on each image, so I apologize for forgetting. This is a 16" x 16" on stretched canvas. I painted it over a really bad portrait I'd done of a woman who modelled at Coppini a year and a half ago. She was strangely made up and I got a weird vibe from her, so the painting was doomed at the start. It was great to put something over it! Susan