Well, I am finally posting again! After a few health issues, and I am ready to go. This post begins with an intro. of an interesting adventure.... We took a class under Karin Jurick which was great fun. Karin taught us many things. One demonstration was of an especially different and interesting nature. It was a small painting of a police mugshot. Examples can be found on her website. She paints these small 4x4 paintings to "keep her painting loose" and "painterly." We all tried one. It was harder than it looked. Well, on the last day a most creative student came up with the idea that we should paint ourselves! She went around taking pictures of all of us with the instructions that you have been "arrested." "Give us a busted look!" she said. The challenge was on!! Her name is Maria Hock affectionately named "the Enforcer." We were to paint each other when we got home. She sent us one "Mug Shot" challenge a week for 19 weeks. Along with the challenges were creative descriptions of each of us. Funny and delightful. During the week of the class, Karin had us take tons of photos. for future paintings....later described by Maria as shootings!
"What a chore" turned out to be the experience and learning that I will always owe to Maria and Karin. I kept telling myself, "nothing worthwhile comes easy." Ha. But it is the basic truth in everything we do. You can click hereto preview Karin's book,"100 Faces Bust-ed" for her amazing technique and view her other books. My mugs turned out to be as painterly as possible but the realistic nature ingrained in me just had to come out! I do so love the "loose style" though. Check outour blogand look at the slideshows on the right column of each of us and you will see an interesting variety of styles.
Here are two of mine....with Maria's colorful descriptions!
Mug Portrait No. 2
oil on masonite
Sherl "Red" Lott with her fiery red hair and syrupy southern accent immediately disarms her victims. She sashays into venues or onto the beach oozing that southern charm that lulls her victims into a false sense of security. Her stash of covertly taken photographs is testament to her devious nature...be on the lookout!
Mug Portrait No. 1
oil on masonite
Allyson "Sundance" Schilb does most of her shooting in the evening. She, too, is one of the more quiet members of the Hilton Head Gang. We do know that she rides with a biker gang. She rode all over the island...There were tales of drive by shootings. Sundance is laying low...riding quietly and shooting unsuspecting victims...she is SLR ready and shoots at will.