Sunday, August 2, 2015

Figure painting extravaganza

Yikes. Where to start? I spent the last week immersed in figure painting. It was kind of wonderful. The Academy of Realist Art here in Boston hosted a figure painting competition: ten artists from around the country (and Paris, but let's pretend that's part of our country, too--think of all the time we'd save in customs), one model, forty hours of painting over five days, a reception and awards at the end. I was lucky enough to be one of the artists along with Ryan Brown, Kerry Dunn, Joshua Langstaff, Rachel Moseley, Carlo Russo, Camie Isabella Salaz, Shane Wolf, Elizabeth Zanzinger and Emanuela De Musis. It was so very inspiring to paint around these fantastic painters, to learn from their techniques and be inspired by their talents and visions. I couldn't post during the week as the work had to remain anonymous for judging purposes, so I'm posting a series of progress shots as well as my finished piece. In the end, Shane won first place, Camie second, and I am totally honored to have won third.

Finished piece (best picture I have of it at this point):

Day one: 

Day two:

Day three:

Day four:

Day five:

Update: all the finished pieces can be seen here.

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