Painting the Painters
16 x 12"
As it does every year, the first snow brought traffic to a halt, and that meant that the model did not make it to my class at the Calgary School of Art. The poor woman spent her evening stuck in traffic.
Luckily, I have an intrepid group, and they opted to paint each other in the act of painting. This is an extremely tricky thing to do: your subject is always in motion and expressions constantly flicker across his or her face. It requires a certain "whatever happens, happens" approach to painting, or you're likely to get pretty tense.
The amazing and wonderful thing was that no one got tense, and everyone got a very good likeness of their subject. More than that, they all produced very emotional, touching works of the people that they knew. It was a stimulating and invigorating experiment that I probably wouldn't have tried under ideal circumstances.
It just goes to show that nothing is predictable in painting, and you should always just give an idea a try, even if it seems outrageous; perhaps especially if it seems outrageous.