Back in late April, I was a model for a Scott Burdick portrait painting workshop. I had my reservations, I didn’t know if I’d be able to sit still that long and I would rather be on the other side of the canvas so to speak. But his workshops are kinda pricy and I thought it would be a good way to be a fly on the wall and pick up some tips.
I’m not a portrait painter myself, so I thought it would be interesting to find out more. Unfortunately, I really didn’t get in on any of the lessons. It was broke down into sections for the models, I hadn’t thought of that but no one would be able to model for as long as the workshop was.
It was still fun though, I met a lot of other artists who were friendly and let me take their photos as they painted and the finished works – or as finished as they could be in the time allowed.
I’ve got a lot of photos that I took during my break which I think I got 10 minutes every 20 minutes. Look closely as their paintings evolve, I found this so interesting to see how each one worked so differently.
I’ve put these in chronological order, here we go!
While I’m standing next to Mike Sowers paintings it doesn’t mean I like his the best. I like everyone’s work. He was handy when I asked to take my photo so I stood next to his paintings.
I wouldn’t want to pick a favorite. I’ve painted only a handful of portraits myself (one being B.B. King which is here) and it’s hard to get the likeness. Many got the likeness and others not so much.
I think Laura Shepard’s painting is the most close to looking like me. Many of the artists were very kind in their vision of me! ha ha… I have to say I really liked the style of Charlene Brown (the one with the green underpainting), I feel I look almost like a fairy, prettier than in real life for sure. When I saw that the green was just the underpainting, I was kinda disappointed because I really liked the abstract quality of the colors but in the end I still really like it.