Thursday, April 30, 2009

Portrait Society's Annual "Art of the Portrait" conference

What a wonderful four days it was. It was jam packed with demos, critiques, networking, discussion...where do I start? How about a few highlights:

1) A drawing session with Tony Ryder. His drawings and paintings are magnificent. It was very cool to see him work and have him critique our drawings.
Below: Tony talking about his process;
one of our models, Mike; my 20-minute sketch of Mike

2) A painting demo with Mary Whyte. Mary is one of my favorite watercolor artists and a sincerely inspiring person. Not only did she demo, but she also gave a talk titled "Creating Your Best Paintings Ever" and was part of a group panel discussion on "The Business Side of Art".

Below: Mary painting from a live model, her finished demo

Other highlights:
Portfolio critiques
The National Portrait Museum
Painting demos by some of my favorites: Scott Burdick, pastel artist Judy Carducci, Chris Saper, Dawn Whitelaw and too many others to mention
An absolutely wonderful presentation by Richard Schmid
I'm totally spent, but in a good way. Once again, I am fired up and thinking, "You know, I think this is truly possible..."


willow said...

The Mary Whyte demo is fabulous. Her rendering of the skin is luminous. And the texture of the hat. Just wow!

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

I could read about your 4 fun filled days on and on. It just sounds so exciting to see these very talented people in action. Thanks for sharing a part of this with us.

maria said...

Thanks for sharing about your experiences at the conference. I can imagine how inspired you must after talking to, watching, learning from all those greats...I like the sketch of the model too.

Manon Doyle said...

What a terrific conference! I'm so jealous! Was it in Pittsburgh Peggi?

Peggi Habets said...

It was in Reston, Va, just outside Washington, DC. It will be there again next year.

Maybe next time you will come with us!

It was an amazing group of artists, so willing to share their time and knowledge.

Yes, Mary's work is amazing. Not many w/c portrait artists attend this event so it was a real treat.

Abby Creek Art said...

What a great day you had. Wish I could have been a fly on the wall!

redchair said...

Verrry Cool! What a fun experience. And you bet it's 'truly possible'- especially for you girl.

Theresa Rankin said...

Wow...What a fantastic opportunity!Mary Whyte, Scott Burdick, Tony Ryder...and Richard...wow! I am so happy you got to go! and yes it is possible!

Paula Villanova said...

Your drawing of Mike is beautiful. What a fabulous and I'm sure, inspiring and energizing weekend you had.

Karine said...

WOW, you got a drawing session with Tony Ryder?? His work is really amazing. But yours is too. Sounds like you were in good company. I am so happy for you! Thanks for sharing your experience, Peggi!