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!

Charlene Brown and Diane May painting

Charlene Brown and Diane May painting

painters painting

painters painting

Scott Burdick giving advice to Laura Shepard

Scott Burdick giving advice to Laura Shepard

The artists working on their paintings

The artists working on their paintings

Victoria Gillieron's progress

Victoria Gillieron’s progress

Artist Terry Watson at work

Artist Terry Watson at work

artist Charlene Brown painting a portrait

artist Charlene Brown at work

Diane May working on her painting

Diane May working on her painting

Scott Burdick talking with student Laura Shepard

Scott Burdick talking with student Laura Shepard

Victoria Gillieron working on her painting

Victoria Gillieron working on her painting

Artist Terry Watson's double portrait

Artist Terry Watson’s double portrait work in progress

Mike Sowers studying his painting

Mike Sowers studying his painting

Charlene Brown working on her painting - check out the green underpainting!

Charlene Brown working on her painting – check out the green underpainting!

Diane May working on her painting

Diane May working on her painting

Penny Diamond taking a break

Penny Diamond taking a break

Laura Shepard working on her painting

Laura Shepard working on her painting

Artist Victoria Gillieron working on her painting

Artist Victoria Gillieron at work

Scott Burdick Portrait Painting Workshop

Mike Sowers painting

Mike Sowers painting

Charlene Browns painting and Diane May working on her painting

Charlene Browns painting and Diane May working on her painting

Diane May working on her painting

Diane May working on her painting

Laura Shepard adding finishing touches to her painting

Laura Shepard adding finishing touches to her painting

Artist Victoria Gillieron with her portrait of me

Artist Victoria Gillieron’s work so far

Artist Terry Watson at work

Artist Terry Watson at work

artists continuing painting

artists continuing painting

Charlene Brown working on her painting

Charlene Brown working on her painting

Diane May working on her painting

Diane May working on her painting

Artists finishing up their paintings.

Artists finishing up their paintings.

Artist Laura Shepard with her finished painting

Artist Laura Shepard with her finished painting

Artist Victoria Gillieron with her portrait of me

Artist Victoria Gillieron with her finished portrait of me

Terry Watson with her finished portraits

Terry Watson with her finished portraits

Artist Charlene Brown with her finished painting

Artist Charlene Brown with her finished painting

Penny Diamond with her finished painting

Penny Diamond with her finished painting

Artist Diane May with her finished painting

Artist Diane May with her finished painting

Mike Sowers with his finished painting

Mike Sowers with his finished painting

Me with artist Mike Sowers paintings

Me with artist Mike Sowers paintings

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.

 

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