Instead of carefully graphing and translating the original photo to canvas, I jumped into painted outlines, with less of a concern with accuracy and more with the feeling of the painting. It will be interesting to see how this one compares.
I'd like to write for a grant to do a portrait show, combined with stories from the people in the paintings...I've put it on my life time list of things to do.
There are tricks of paint and eye/hand skill honing that comes with practice--painting, playing piano, or sports.
This weekend I've also been working on a new kind of mixed media figure that could make a good class for Art_Is_You in CT in October, 2010. Also, Kris Cornell, of Quilted Strait will be moving her store to historic Port Gambol and told me "Yes, please plan on teaching some classes in the new store in the spring." It will be easier for my fans from Seattle to get to, so watch for spring classes in doll making...maybe some small wall hangings, too.