Reflections on My Sepia Portrait Workshop
May 10, 2010
I’m happy to report that Saturday’s sepia workshop at The Art School went very well! We had six people painting (including me), which was a nice number … large enough to fill the room with energy, but small enough to still feel intimate. Kathryn was definitely the hero of the day for posing so patiently for us … although we all agreed that her nose was the villain! But considering that none of the attendees had worked transparently in sepia before, and many hadn’t worked in oils in years – if ever – everyone’s painting came out fantastic.
As for me, I was well on my way to a nice little portrait of Kathryn, but I ran out of time before I could really make it sing. I did get far enough to give a solid demonstration of my working methods and thought process, but it would have been nice to be able to talk more about finishing touches … next time I’ll try to move onto rendering the model’s features a bit more quickly, even if I don’t have them in quite in the right place yet.
In the end, I hope everyone who came had a good time and learned a lot … I certainly did, and I’m full of ideas about how to improve on everything the next time I run a class!
Speaking of which, I am presently finalizing dates for two more single-day workshops and a weekly evening class for this Summer … so stay tuned….