For figurative artists, painting portraits and figures from life is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak. If you can paint (or draw) a portrait from life in a 3-hour class environment, you can probably do it much better in the quiet, unhurried serenity of your studio. And these timed sessions teach you to see form, edge, temperature, and color much more clearly, too. Very valuable, fundamental classes.
The paintings below are from life classes at the Watts Atelier. I'm gearing up to start again in April. It's seat-of-the-pants painting...very fun. Highly recommended.
|Sabrina, 12 x 9" Oil on linen|
|E and his portrait. E is a student at Watts who substituted for an absent model. I didn't get a good shot of the painting, but you get the idea. Thank you, E. 12 x 9" Oil on linen|
|JJ, 12 x 9" Oil on linen|
|Brianna, 9 x 12" Oil on linen|
|Male model in orange and blue, 12 x 9" Oil on linen|
|Iggy, 12 x 9", Oil on linen|
Added Note: My painting "King of the Road" was voted into the final round of Brain Neher's online contest, You Be The Judge. Thanks to everyone who voted for The King and I. I'll be asking for more votes when the final round comes up in a few weeks. Don't let me down.