Monday, January 31, 2011

The Figure at RICA

I am so elated to share that Raleigh Institute of Contemporary Art will now be offering Open Figure Drawing sessions starting Feb 17th.  These uninstructed live model sessions will run every Thursday 7-10pm.  This is a great opportunity to brush up on those drawing skills for only $10 ($8 for currently enrolled students).  No pre-registration necessary.  Join me on Thursday nights! 

I will be offering two Contemporary Portrait Painting Workshops this February at RICA.  These one day workshops will help you learn to create an accurate, dynamic portrait in oil as you capture the features and proportions of our model.  Working from life, we will study structure, value, color-mixing strategies and application techniques for creating lively skin tones in an alla prima portrait.  This class is for all levels.  
Sign up for one or both: Thursday, February 17th 10-2pm or Sunday February 20th 1-5pm.  $65 plus a $10 model fee.  More information on RICA's Workshop page.

Raleigh Institute of Contemporary Art
464 S. Dawson St. 
Raleigh, NC 27601

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Four Paintings at GMA

Here are the four paintings of mine that are included in the Greenville Museum of Art's exhibition mentioned in the post below.  I really enjoyed speaking with the curator as to why she chose these particular paintings.  She explained that "these pieces really give a good view of women in self-reflection through out different ages.

Becoming, oil on panel, 24" x 24"

Mother Reading, oil on panel, 20" x 16"

Kitchen Window, oil on panel, 48"x 36"

Paige at Mirror, oil on panel, 36" x 24"

Thank you to all who came out for the opening reception!

Greenville Museum of Art

Last night was the Opening Reception for the Greenville Museum of Art's exhibition titled A Woman's Place: Exploring the Female Identity.  Sculptures, paintings, drawings, mezzotints and fabric works of seven artists are included in this show.  A beautiful, full color catalog is available by contacting the museum.  I am honored to be showing in this historic North Carolina art museum.  Thank you to Director Charlotte Fitz and the wonderful staff of the Greenville Museum of Art for all your hard work.  Also, a huge thank you to the sponsors who made the catalog possible.  The seven artists included in the exhibition are: (links included for those I could find)

Dazzala Knight

on the far wall left to right works by: Jill Eberel, Valerie Jean Bailey, Alia El-Bermani, and Kiki Farish
sculptures by: Holly Fischer

 sculpture by Holly Fischer; paintings by Amy Freeman

A Woman's Place : Exploring the Female Identity
January 28 - March 20, 2011
802  S. Evans St
Greenville, NC 27834

Sunday, January 23, 2011

January Long Pose II

Dave, oil on panel, 10" x 8"

Here is the long pose painting after one more 3 hour session yesterday.  I am so happy to have had the opportunity to have painted Dave.  He is a fantastic model!  The light changed a bit so the shape of the shadow on his cheek and cast shadow onto his torso were a bit different, but I don't mind those kind of shifts.  It's good to note them, but to be flexible and in the moment take what is before you and do what you can with it.  I'm torn whether or not I'll do another 3 hours on it.  I think this works as a study, and need not be noodled (which might be where it would go with another session).  What do you think?

Monday, January 17, 2011

January Long Pose

Dave, oil on panel, 10" x 8"

Every now and again, Artspace in Raleigh, holds a long pose figure session where one three hour pose is revisited 3 times over the course of a month.  They are starting the New Year off right, with such sessions this January.  I will be enjoying this cost affective way of getting some life painting in.  Here is what I came up with so far on Saturday.  There was some talk by some of the other participants to move the model against the wall next time, or even switch the pose.  I was hoping to get at least one more session on this one (there are some cool pipes up behind his head that I would like to get in) , but if not, that's ok.  It's just good to get the eyes moving.  Thank you to our fantastic model Dave - who held the pose for 45 minutes at a time.  Ouch!