David was a very good teacher, gave great demos each morning on the specific approach to be covered that day and these lasted from about 9 until about 11. Then we had a little under an hour before our lunch break and then from about 1 till 4. From Monday through Wednesday, we created a painting a day from start to finish, working within a specific constraint. We had the same model each day and while I was initially disappointed with that, I was quickly thrilled not to have to learn a new model’s facial landscape each day with all the other challenges at hand. Working with my water miscible oil paints and trying to capture the model portrait in 4 hours max was a great learning curve and although my efforts are not worth exhibiting as final works, they were very worthwhile exercises on the road forward. When working from a live model, I always bring the work to a complete finish within the time frame, the same way I approach life drawing and I never go back in and continue to work on it after the session has ended. When the final half hour starts ticking down, I try to pull it all together as “something” and usually go in and scrape down fine lines to the white canvas.
David working on full color demo on Day 3. He also showed us some great color mixing tips.
My work from Day 3 in slightly broader color range but still in just under 4 hours.
Day 4 and 5, we brought a full seated portrait to life with all the bells and whistles available to hand and were encouraged to spend the entire first morning getting the drawing right with charcoal before starting in with the paint.