Portrait Drawing…A Teachable Skill

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I never imagined I’d be drawing faces, but after signing up for an artistic anatomy class in 2007, I learned I had a knack for portraits. With every face I drew, I fell more in love with the genre.

I attended figure drawing workshops and spent more time focusing on the eyes than on any other part of the body. I made nude models nervous.

In 2010 I participated in my first art show at the Art Center’s Holiday Exhibit on Miami Beach with my “Eva…Al Dente.”

I entered more shows and exhibits and so did Eva. I stepped out of my comfort zone and created a mural on the Good Wall in Miami’s Little Havana.

Btw, it’s true what they say about your comfort zone, when you step out of it, that’s where the magic happens.

Doors opened. I met a lot of interesting and colorful characters in the art world, kindred spirits and rivals, some who’ve inspired me and are now good friends, others who were just around for a season. I learned a lot.

These days I continue to draw and paint faces, display and sell my work, and teach portrait drawing techniques in colored pencil at local events and retirement communities. Tomorrow my graphite girl, “Adorned with Protection” will be a part of the fall exhibit at The Dunedin Fine Art Center. If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, I hope you’re able to stop by and say hello, anytime from 7-9 pm.

Cheers and remember, it’s never too late to learn something new!

2 Replies to “Portrait Drawing…A Teachable Skill”

  1. And a fine journey it has been too. Not only for you kiddo but for those of us who came along for the ride. Well done, indeed well done!

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