Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Making Sargent Jealous
John Singer Sargent would have been in painters' heaven painting the gorgeous setup in today's portrait painting class. Me, too. (I spent the class dying to paint...) Fellow artist extraordinaire, Brenda Drake, not only agreed to model for my class (taught through the Great Falls School of Art) for today's session plus two more -- she brought along some magnificent props as well. Colorful parasols, Brenda's unique chair, pillows, beautiful fabrics, and Brenda's grace inspired everyone.
The work done today by the whole class was fantastic. I can't wait to see what they do in session 2.
By the way, Brenda was taking time out from her significant duties as the Chair of the Gala for the Great Falls Foundation for the Arts that is taking place November 21. The Gala is a fundraising effort for the school -- to provide some much-needed funds for equipment, space and supplies so that courses can be expanded to serve the art educational needs of aspiring artists of all ages. Tickets cost $75 per person for a wonderful night celebrating the arts, a silent auction with artwork donated by local and regional artists (including me), and a chance to help turn a dream into reality. Download the Gala Invitation and Reply Cards on the Foundation's Events page here.