Saturday portrait class, GCA, Jan-Feb 2014.
Oil on panel, 8”x10”.
This is my last painting at GCA, after roughly two and a half years of study. I still don’t feel anywhere near “good,” but maybe that’s for the best. Steve Jobs is quoted as having said to “stay hungry.” I’m not defeated by my shortcomings in a painting; it just makes me hungrier to start the next one and do better.
In total I have something like 5 years of atelier training under my belt, assembled from part-time, full-time, and workshop study. I highly recommend this kind of education for aspiring artists, but I’m also full of opinions about it (unsurprising).
I only got an hour or so to do the pearl, which turned out C+, but made me realize it would be so fun to paint jewelry! Jewelry, clothing, and hair — the things you rarely get to in art school that I’m looking forward to tackling on my own now.