Well, hello all. Here it is May 20 and I haven't posted since April. It's been pretty busy with a lot of work at the office (can't WAIT till we retire). We will celebrate 40 years in business this September. I can't believe that as the years seem to have flown by. It's been fun, a headache, and an experience for sure. I wouldn't trade any part of our life being self-employed for all the tea in China!
The past week I've been at yet another workshop in Arkansas. This was billed as a portrait workshop but started off as still life. Linda and I were a bit confused but I think he just needed to see what he had to work with as far as students. I usually go into these workshops very antsy and unsure of what I can do. I can't seem to get started and end up frustrated by the end, but this time, WOW! I don't know if he was just blowing smoke, but by the end of the first day of drawing and painting these globes and drapes, I felt like the golden child. He was constantly taking my effort to the front of the room or telling the other students to come look at what I had done. He seemed very impressed by my drawing capabilities.
At one point I put a stroke as he was standing behind me and he scared me to death as he said "FANTASTIC", then quickly grabbed the painting again to show the class my "perfect" stroke. He said my drawing was STELLAR and that at the end should be framed! Wow, usually the workshop stuff ends up painted over and in essence trash.
I won't deny that by the end of the day I had a big head. It felt really good.
Day 2 and we finally were on to actual people but quickly realized the portrait workshop was a figure workshop. I was okay with that but I know Linda really wanted the portrait side, to learn how he gets the beautiful skin tones in his portraits, as I did too. But, I got some practice I needed in figures.
So Rebecca was first up. I HATED that damn hat but it is what it is and again he kept coming around and praising my drawing. Usually I'm not open to criticism and my responses send the instructor on to other people but I decided, with a lot of encouragement from Linda, to be different in this workshop. I even let him put strokes on the canvas, which I DON'T like. But, he really put very few and again my drawing was trotted out to the front of the class for praise. It was getting a bit embarrassing, but exciting.
I HATE THAT HAT!
Day 3 and sweet Nick came to sit for us. I loved his hair but we were yet again painting red or a shade of red. Reds are hard to get because if you touch white it can turn pink so quickly.
The praise was again dolled out and I was beginning to think people may hate me but it really helped me feel as "I can do it!" He really liked how I did the pants on Nick.
This is where I really NEEDED the portrait side of the class for skin colors and facial features. He said my colors were fine but boy did I struggle getting them.
Day 4 and Rebecca was back and so was the damn red tones. She was a beast modeling for us. She sat and sat and sat.
The drawing was a bit tougher but he liked it.
Finally, paint, and I ended up really liking this painting and where it was going. Of all the days this is probably my favorite.
I don't know if I will keep any of these paintings or just paint over them but it was a great exercise and I can't wait to do a real painting of someone I know. I feel that my drawing skills are really stepping up and that gives me a boost of confidence.
Hopefully I won't be away so long but seems that life is just so busy lately I don't have a second to share here. My blogaversery, 13 years is quickly approaching in June. Can't believe I've been sharing here for that long. So onward to the day. Have a great day and stay safe in Tornado Alley as the weather is a beast today.