THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER will be dedicated to study drawings and study paintings for the Viking Family Portrait. I will post them as they are completed. Pictured here is my first study painting of Andrew, the model for the Viking father and a drawing of Brita and two of her children in the painting. It is not finished yet.
A study painting or drawing is practice and problem solving for the artist, solving color, value and edges in the image. I am working through a style of painting with a looser brush stroke carrying heavier paint. I have always been hoping and trying to loosen up. I had an aha moment in a portrait painting workshop with artist Bonita Roberts a couple of weeks ago. She has given me some new insight into brush and paint handling that will improve my style. She is a great artist and an excellent teacher.
This Thursday, I will begin a study painting of Brita in Viking costume from life. She is the model for the Viking mother. This painting session will take place on Thursday, September 11, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Runestone Museum in Alexandria, MN. The public is invited and entry to the Museum is free. You may come for a short time or watch the full three hours. Hope to see you there!