Since participating in artist Sara Eyestone's workshop a little over a week ago, it feels as though my path is clearer and my vision more focused. I have a busy year ahead doing the things necessary to reflect that vision in my career as a painter. It's still thrilling to experience how quickly the universe responds when you finally decide something.
I'll be revamping my website, creating marketing materials, painting more formal portraits and figural paintings and raising my prices. It's about time, don't you think? Some of you have been fussing at me for a long time about that.
2007 looks like a good year from here.
1) I'm teaching an ongoing pastel class to a great group of artists at the Coppini Academy on Tuesdays. There's room for one or two more in the class if you're interested in playing in all that color with us.
2) I'm taking portrait commissions - anything from fast and loose and relatively inexpensive, to precise and polished, destined for the place of honor over the mantel and to be passed down through generations. Fees are going up later this year, so this is the best time to put your deposit in.
3) I love comments and email! Sure would love to hear from you. Please let me know you came by!
Well, the photo looks rather washed out and lavender where there is none, perhaps due to taking it in the evening inside with florescent lights, but the painting is pleasing me so far. Still much to do. I'll move her shoulder up by a quarter of an inch and darken her hair... it has more black with deep brown/red highlights, and the cleft in her chin isn't quite so prominent, although there. I haven't painted the son's collar or tie yet and much needs refining. But it's coming along. My dad has supplied the title, LIKE MOTHER, LIKE SON, which I love.
San Antonio's freeze has melted and we're all breathing a sigh of relief.
Wrap up warmly, Folks!
I'm a bit reluctant to put this progress image up lest someone think I'm anywhere near done. This is still pretty rough. I'm just glad to have gotten the white of the canvas covered (except for the little boy's shirt and parts of his tie).
It's two a.m. and I'll start fresh tomorrow.
Plug in those electric blankets, folks.
I'm eager to get started on the oil portrait commission of the mother and son! Maybe by Friday? We'll see.
This is a small 9"x12" pastel on Art Spectrum's Colourfix sanded surface. I did this at the Coppini Academy where I teach a pastel class on Tuesdays. It was right after New Year's and only one student knew we had class that day, so I had lots of time to work on this. It was the first time I'd worked from a mirror in ages, and I enjoyed it.