One of my favorite students, and a talented painter herself, Dixie, is returning home to Texas after a year studying at The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art in Van Nuys http://www.laafa.org/
DIXIE, now a grandma, had a life-long dream after a long graphic design career, world travels, and raising kids, to immerse herself for a whole year in fine art instruction at the best school she could find.
She did her research from afar and LAAFA was her chosen school. No small wonder as the faculty is great and I am proud to be part of it. So she packed up her home, rented an apartment here and came out west with her cat.
She signed up for as many classes as she could fit into a week studying with many teachers at the school. See her journey on her blog at...http://dixiekeestudio.blogspot.com/2009/04/old-dream-comes-true.html
Dixie is one reason I like to teach. Gracious as a student, patient with herself, and always thoughtful about the process... and very fun!
I got to paint her at my studio this week in Oxnard, a three hour head sketch, as a kind of 'farewell 'til we meet again' moment.
It sure was fun.
Dixie said while I was painting her, she is going to hang my head sketch 'pride of place' at her memorial. NO PRESSURE or anything. See, I told you she was funny!
Safe travels dear Dixie and PAINT PAINT PAINT every moment to delay getting to your memorial!