If you can sit still for 20 minutes at a time, for three or four sittings, you too can be a model for a portrait painting. I had this privilege a few month ago when I was asked to sit for a local group.
Every 20 minutes (they use a timer) I was able to up and walk around and check their progress. Each artist works in their own medium – from pencil and charcoal to pastels, watercolour and acrylics.
I enjoyed the experience and the company of these talented people so much, I joined them. We met each Tuesday morning.
Portraiture is tricky and full of rules. So, the goal at these sessions is to get a little bit better at the craft. Practice, practice, practice!
I’m getting better, but still feel compelled to apologize in advance to whoever is modelling.
At the end of each session, the finished pieces are lined up and each one is critiqued in the most encouraging and nurturing way. For me, this is when the real learning happens.
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