We both took a risk on each other and thoroughly enjoyed our time together. She is smart and fun.
I love painting regular folk I discover on the street. They are so fascinated by being painted in a way that say a professional model is not because they have seen the process a million times by many different talented artists. The process seems almost magical to the newcomer it seems. Not so magical in my head though trying to talk and paint, be entertaining but also, do a good study. It is harder to paint a regular sitter than a paid model who sits stock-still and doesn't mind in the least if you don't chat. The point of portrait painting is to talk to the sitter while you paint I find. Catch a characteristic while their face is moving.
Most professional models bring a certain great energy to the room which is why they get paid. The best models are crazily booked up by all the art schools/artists around town. But a few models do not bring that energy. They have been working for years. Seen it all. They are bored, watch the clock, get on the model stand at the very last minute, and can be just plain difficult at times. This hurts, that hurts, the light is too bright, the music not right. I have witnessed this I hate to say in my teaching class over the last few years.
I know it is not an easy job, let me just say that, but I think a positive attitude is huge. A grumpy argumentative sitter (who is nevertheless being paid) is just a drain on the day. I always try to teach an upbeat class.
So back to the delight of painting someone who has never been painted from life. It reminds me also of why I like to do what I do.
Keri is indeed so very...I need to paint her more.