Monday, November 12, 2012

"Caitlin - Demo", 16x12, oil on linen on panel
In preparation for my upcoming 2-hour-demo at Swinton's Art Supply & Instruction this Friday evening, I thought I'd better put in some practice time. 
Here is my sketch of "Caitlin", done from a photo. 
Caitlin is one of my daughter's sweetest and dearest friends and is as lovely on the inside as she is to look at.  A few years ago she modelled for me in my studio on a weekly basis. 
Not being an alla prima painter, and never too speedy (hey, what's the rush?), my aim in doing this painting was to get the paint on and get it on quickly. 
My second goal was to quit after 2 hours, my allotted time. 
Since I work directly, without a drawing, I have to confess it was hard to quit after 2 hours and very little fine-tuning. But I did manage to stop after 3. Well, ok. Maybe 3 1/2.
Normally I would take this painting to further completion, get more paint on and, of course, fine-tune the drawing as I do so - but I will enjoy it just the way it is.  
This study of Caitlin serves as a really nice reminder of  mornings in my studio, shared with a lovely young woman.
I hope to see you all out at the demo!