There’s been a lot going on. I’ve been meaning to post about it, but just haven’t gotten to it – until now. Soooo, My two courses at Pafa and have finally dragged themselves to a close. There is some interesting results from them, but I’m glad to have that over, and to move on. Now I’m looking forward to a raft of self-directed paintings this summer. I’d like to do a series of Philadelphia Cityscapes – a few of the usual icons like Independence Hall, but mostly more intimate subjects like maybe subway station interiors, the cadaver of the old Boyd Theatre, storefronts, stuff like that.
I gave a talk at the Plastic Club Salon on the contemporary art scene in China two weeks ago. I wrote that up as a nice article that I REALLY want to make available on-line, but I’ve been stymied because I can’t find a way to upload it to this blog or to a website without losing the graphics. Very frustrating!
Meanwhile: Last weekend I was at the annual conference of the American Portrait Society. It was both inspirational and intimidating. On Sunday there was a “Paint-out” where small groups of people went to Atlanta’s wonderful Piedmont Park for a plein-air painting session with an instructor. I was with the talented Mia Bergeron, and managed to produce a landscape painting and a quick sketch of the transplanted Canadian, Angela Hoskins. Click their names to see what they do – it’s good!
|Piedmont Park, Atlanta|
This painting is the first time I feel that I’ve felt successful in inserting small figures into a scene without having them look really weird. And without those figures, this whole thing was really blahhhh.
And the sketch:
|20 min. sketch of Angela Hoskins|
This sketch incorporates some of the stuff from the Conference – an emphasis on values over color, blocking in the big masses and incorporating the background early.
Some of the most interesting programs were the painting demonstrations by leading portrait painters. I took a bunch of photos from several of these as they proceeded, that you can see here. The final results were:
David Leffel’s self portrait
Michael Shane Neal’s portrait of his mentor, Everett Raymond Kinstler
The demonstration by Rose Frantzen
The final demonstration – I didn’t get the name of the painter, but his style was the very antithesis of all the other painters.
For completion, here are photos of Mia Bergeron, and of our plein-air group in the Park: