Friday's portrait class

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Pictured here is the oil painting I did during the portrait painting class I'm taking from Gabriel Lipper, an amazing artist who lives and works here in Ashland.  The portrait was painted from a live model, and actually turned out to be a pretty good likeness, I'm happy to report.  The canvas panel here is shown still on the fantastic panel holder that my ever-resourceful dad built for me...he's so very clever and handy!

It's so interesting to continue to learn about the difference between painting from pictures and painting from life.  There are so many things that the eye can see but the camera edits out.  The subtlety of all the colors and shapes and planes can feel overwhelming at times, but is amazing to be able to observe and work with.  I feel so lucky to be able to paint and draw from live models!