Saturday, October 8, 2011

Anatomy of a Portrait Demo...What Was I Thinking?

Demo's End, One Hour Twenty Minutes.
Glad I brushed my hair.
Focus, focus. Paint your training.

Get the big shapes in of light and shadow. Draw well!
Forget those cookies on the coffee table. Make use of the breaks! Time is short.
Engage with those beautiful blue eyes. Feel it.
Gratitude For The Journey, a lovely sitter, and my mentor Mr. Everett Raymond Kinstler!

To paint a demo in an hour and twenty minutes with a sitter picked from the crowd that you have never met before, me talking all the way, answering the artist audience's questions, with lights, camera, action blaring, and a microphone that is playing up, what was I thinking?

Well, you tell me?

Thanks to my friends at The SFVAC for the gracious invite to show my approach. It was a fun evening.


Marian Fortunati said...

I SOOOOO enjoyed watching you do this demo, Jo... It was fabulous for me to hear all of the lessons again ...
(How in the world do you paint AND talk so clearly and concisely at the same time???)

I think you REALLY captured a likeness and that is so difficult to do even under the best circumstances, much less in such a short time while providing the audience with fabulous tips on how to paint or draw a figure / portrait.

You ROCK, Johanna!!!

Angela said...

Wow! That's what I say.

NeilArtist said...

Johanna, I love the sequence of your photos! Great job on the portrait! :-)

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

thank you! Picking someone randomly from the crowd not so easy. But my sitter was a gem. Phew.