Sunday, July 15, 2018

"Intro to Drawing and Painting the Dog" 2-Day Workshop, July 24 - 25, 2018 Scottsdale Artists' School


There are still a couple of spaces left in my 2 day workshop "Introduction to Drawing and Painting the Dog" on July 24th and 25th at Scottsdale Artists School in Scottsdale, Arizona. We'll be painting from life and from photos (last year many of my students wanted to paint a beloved departed dog from photos. I lost one of my own dogs this year - beautiful sweet Daisy - and I think all artists should paint their dogs.)

Here's the link to sign up and below is a screenshot of the information. That's my painting of my corgi mix Ziggy, somewhat visible above the text. Hope to see you there!



Thursday, April 26, 2018

Portrait Society of America Conference, Reston VA 2018

I had a terrific time at the Portrait Society of America's annual convention last weekend. I was honored to be asked to be the portrait model during the Face Off event for artists Casey Charles, Jennifer Welty and Mary Sauer and was lucky enough to have been able to buy two of the portraits at the auction the next day. All of the models were also artists themselves and so it added an extra dimension of friendship and good humor.

I was greatly honored to have introduced artist Leslie Adams when she gave a lecture on her career and recent show at the prestigious Art Prize event in Grand Rapids, MI. Leslie is a brilliant artist and you should take a long look at what she is doing on her website, www.leslieadams.com. She brought one of her framed drawings to the conference where attendees could pin their handwritten dreams onto the wall next to her work. What a wonderful way to interact with viewers.  (Thank you Judy Takacs for the photos, I didn't take too many!)


As usual, there was an inspiring array of artists, portraits, figurative art and demonstrations taking place. It's wonderful to meet new people and reconnect with old friends. Congratulations to all the prize winners!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

"Visions of Venus/ Venus' Visions" - Exhibition at Zhou B Art Center, Chicago

"Myth and Reality"
Oil,14"x8"

I have some really exciting news to share. My painting of the goddess Venus with some of her children has been accepted into the "Visions of Venus/ Venus' Visions" show at the Zhou B Haus der Kunst Art Center in Chicago, IL.

The show is presented by Poets and Artists, an online site for creative people which is the brainchild of poet and champion of visual artists Didi Mendendez. It was curated by Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt. 

About "Myth and Reality":
Artists were invited to consider the Venus myth and interpret her in our own individual ways. I grew up reading D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths and was interested in how mythology can speak to the modern mind. Behind the flashy magnetism of Venus there is a mother who is married to the god Vulcan who has had children from a variety of lovers. Who takes the kids to day care in the morning? I'm betting it's Venus. 

I've also been spending some time in the Prado over the past few years and at some point during my visits I go into the room that holds Goya's Black Paintings. You can't help but be shocked by his "Saturn Devouring his Son" and I think I was influenced by his gray/red color palette. I wanted to contradict that image of cannibalism and horrendous parenting (that's putting it mildly) with a rather whimsical image of a mother goddess trying to collect and manage her brood.  Again, inspired by these black paintings, I purposely populated my little painting with not particularly realistic looking figures. 

The show opens on April 20th and runs until June 8th, 2018. 

For a link to the Artsy site that tells you more about the work and the show, click here.

For a slideshow which showcases the work featured at the show click on this link to Poets and Artists.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

"Oil Portraits: the Alla Prima Head" March 21 - April 11, 2018






I'll be teaching a weekly class on painting the alla prima head in oil this spring. This is a great opportunity for intermediate to advanced artists to brush up on their skills in painting a full color portrait in oil in a limited time period (3 hours). If you are new to this, sign up anyway, I will try to help you take yourself to the next level.

When: March 21 - April 181, 2018 
            Wednesdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm (4 sessions)

Where: Scottsdale Artists' School, Scottsdale, Arizona

PLEASE NOTE: this class is now a 4 week class and not a 5 week class as originally scheduled

For more information and to register, please click here at the SAS website