2014 FaceOff Event at the Principle Gallery


Hello my friends,

I want to share with you one of the art-centered activities that has been keeping me so busy summer…

On Friday, August 8th, I participated in a three-hour live portrait painting demonstration with the talented artists, Mia Bergeron and Cindy Procious. So to say I was excited and REALLY nervous, would be a BIG understatement. I mean these girls are fantastic at their craft!

In anticipation of last Friday night, I prepared like a maniac… practicing alla prima portraits on anybody who would volunteer. (more on the preparation process to come in another blog post or two…) but just know I put in a lot of time to make sure I did not fall flat on my face, and in public :)

Here is a photo at about 1-1/2 to 2 hours into the three-hour pose.

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We were so lucky to have the dashing Franco Landini to model for us. He was just magnificent to paint, so much color and life to capture.

And here is my completed oil portrait at the end of the night.

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At the end of the night, I felt very good about what was accomplished. All the preparation had paid off and I really think I was able to express what I wanted in the amount of time we had to work in (three hours). Again, I feel so honored to have been a part of this event and really love how it pushed me to go back and revisit figurative work.

Here is a time-lapse movie of my portrait.