Thursday, 8 July 2010
I have just finished taking part in my first 3 day portrait workshop given by Susan Carlin from San Antonio, Texas, a gifted portrait artist, here she is pictured doing a demo, who came all the way to Dublin to teach this workshop. I had 'met' Susan before through our blogs and watching her paint on ustream, and was so excited to actually be able to take part in one of her workshops here on my doorstep too, what a treat.
We spent 2 days painting from reference photos and the third day we were lucky enough to have a live model for the whole day. I have learnt so much in these three days, that when I came home and looked at my previous paintings I saw them with new eyes and I can see how much I need to improve my painting skills and my drawing skills and painting looser and with more confidence.
Painting from a live model is a whole new ball game for me, never having found anybody who would willingly sit for me. I found it very daunting and couldn't get the drawing at all right after 3 wipe outs Susan came to my rescue.
I managed to paint 4 portraits that are all work in progress 3 of which I will post below.
After the official workshop was over Susan painted a portrait of her host Jan Hyland which she broadcast live on ustream , some of us stayed to watch, a wonderful portrait in an hour!