Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Portrait of a young woman/Setting and Meeting goals

"Alison"©2009 C.L. Burgess 16 x 20 oil on canvas

Alison is a friend of one of my former students. She is also an art student, who studies fashion, here in Richmond. She is a great model, enthusiatically arriving at my Wed night painting group with all sorts of costume effects for us.
I had a canvas pretextured and ready for this portrait. It took about 2 hrs. Live sitting.

This is how our group works an open studio: Set up 6 p.m., 6:15 begin to paint, 25 min stop for model break, collect fees,chat a bit, then back to work. The group size changes each week but there is a core of us who attend pretty consistently. We all enjoyed the energy we each bring and the different styles. And sometime we also enjoy each others treats...like brownies.
We paint a live model each week. Every 4th week we have a nude figure to paint or draw.
The session is for three hours total. But every 25 min we give the model a 5-10min break. Breakdown takes 10 minutes; so all in all about 2 paintings hours are what we have.
It is a good challenge time within which to set personal goals. Not everyone is there to get a finished product. Some of study the head only, some include the whole figure,, some draw in charcoal and some paint in oil, watercolor or acrylics.
In the three years I have been doing this, I have set a variety of different goals for myself. As I meet one, then I create a new skill to master.
The group is comfortable enough so that we can ask and give feedback without fear.
If any of you can do this you should give it a try.
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