Portrait Group Saturday

Posted on May 12, 2012

It has been a while since I visited the portrait group. They are a fun group of people to meet and paint with. It is a beautiful way to spend a Saturday morning. Wasabi peas also help to make things flow.

I have been doing abstract stuff for a while now. I didn’t know if I could make the transition to the demands of working with the model and the tight window of time everything has to happen in. Getting all my paint gear together is usually enough of a challenge. At best I was thinking it would be an exercise.

Our model for the day

Our model for the day was Kevin “K2″ Lewis from Arroyo Seco. His mother has an organic soap business that he helps out with. They sell their soaps at a shop near the pottery studio there. He is a solid and handsome 6’3”. He did a great job, even with each of the painters pushing him to move back into position now and then.

I arrived without a full range of brushes. There were four 1″ and 1.5″ cheapy things and a couple tiny detail brushes. The challenge of the day ended up trying to make the painting work even-though the face was only four times the size of the brush. It is actually something I wanted to try for a while. I love thick and confident brush work. Oh, and yes, his hands are very large.

Looking at the painting as a thumbnail on the computer makes me cringe a bit. There are quite a few things to solve (resolve) in the image. Well, at least it was a fun start and good way to get my wheels spinning for the day.