Monday, March 17, 2014

Recent Painting Workshop - Photos & Video Clips

This past weekend I had my last major teaching gig for the season, leading a 2-day intensive portrait painting workshop at the Trinity Arts Guild in Bedford, TX. After this I will probably not be teaching again until the fall (thanks to Baby Bain arriving in May), and will instead be focusing exclusively on painting projects and commissions for the next few months.

The workshop went well and I very much enjoyed the dozen or so attendees who came. We also had a couple of excellent models. Here are some photos from my morning demos, and a couple of short video clips that were taken. Enjoy!

Day 1 (model: Gord Shriver):

Day 2 (model: Audrey Fernandez):

I intend to do some more work on the above painting in my studio, since I couldn't quite finish it in three hours. I absolutely love doing demos, though - they are a great challenge and I learn a lot from them. It's always a good workout for your brain, trying to sort out the visual problems of a painting, while explaining what you're doing. :-) I hope the students enjoyed this workshop as much as I did!

Below: some brief video clips from the workshop.

On facial expression:

On soft edges and sensitivity in painting:

On determining focal point and color temperature:

Photography by George Dean (


  1. Hi Anna!
    I just wanted to let you know that I just discovered your blog and have become a big fan. I really appreciated you documenting your work and sharing what you learn with everyone online! I also think it's fantastic that you continue to learn and take workshops yourself even though you're already good enough to be teaching. Thanks again for maintaining such a nice blog and sharing your skills and knowledge w/ everyone!
    X O X O X O

    1. Hi Robb,
      Thanks for reading my blog and for your kind words. I appreciate your comment about learning while also teaching... it took me a few years to get to a place where I actually believed I had enough knowledge to start sharing it with others. The truth is, art is MEANT to be shared and I'd be wrong not to! The learning will never stop, as that is one of my favorite things about being an artist. Thanks again and best wishes,


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