Today I started a two-week portrait artist workshop at Binders Art and Framing in Atlanta. This is the underpainting phase of my workshop demo–the first time I’ve ever posted one in progress. Being a part of history in the making is exciting, right? While I painted, I described–to my students–what I was doing and why. First, I toned the canvas with raw umber. Next, I scratched a drawing into the wet tone, working from large to small shapes. Once everything was in the relative right place, I lifted out the light areas with a rag and brushed for the darks. I continued to refine shapes and values until the session ended. I made no attempt, whatsoever, to finish anything. What would be the point of that? I’m just trying to set things up with the end in mind.
Annie, my model, did a terrific job and I’m very excited to paint her, because the set-up feels like classic Boston School. (Note to self: Don’t be so funny if you want the model to keep from smiling!) Teacher, students and model are all having the greatest time.
Lucky students get to paint for the next two days. Tomorrow night is the first in the lecture series. Wednesday, I’ll add my first layer of color.
Until next time…