It is cold and snowy and gray outside today but I'm loving it because it's my day off and I'm having a wonderful time painting! For a warm up - I just finished this little portrait, the 14th in our series of mugs shot of each other from the Hilton Head Gang. This is the charming and lovely Linda Nickles, artist and gracious hostess. Since she is a resident of Hilton Head, she graciously opened her home for a reception of the artists attending Karin Jurick's Workshop last November, giving us an opportunity to meet Karin and each other. Please visit her blog here.
The weeks are flying by so fast - I can't believe we're on our thirteenth little mug shot of the Hilton Head Gang. Some of the portraits really click and on others, I just can't win. Happily, Cathy clicked and this one turned out among my favorites. Artist Cathy Engberg is from Chicago (my kind of town), which makes her practically a neighbor! You can see her work on her blog Color Notes . I was so blessed to meet Cathy and all our classmates last November in Karin Jurick's workshop. They are an energetic, supportive, and talented group of women who have all become treasured friends. All of their links that are available, are listed in the bottom right corner of this blog.
Well we've come to the 12th mug out of our class of 18, and this week is artist Dawn Hartigan. Dawn is not only an outstandingly nice person, she's one of the most prolific painters in our class. When I was still dinking around three days later with the first day's assignment, she probably had finished a dozen or so paintings. Maybe that's a slight exaggeration. As always, you can view all of our interpretations of each other as they come in, on our Hilton Head Gang blog here.
Well it was bound to happen - last week was my turn to have my mug painted, an event I admit I was dreading because I just hate to have my photo taken. I learned so many things while doing this one including:
1. Mom was right. Who hasn't been warned by their mothers not to make dorky faces because they'll stick. Well I made a dorky face when my workshop classmate Maria was going around taking our mug shots and now it's potentially being painted by the other 17 Hilton Head Gang members and might be posted on their blogs. For certain, all that are done will be on our new HHG blog, so check it out!
2. I'm not a super model after all.
3. I currently approach art as a realist, and realism confronts truth in what we see, uncorrupted by personal bias. So I have to respect both the good and the bad, the holy and the profane, the beautiful and the dorky.
4. You don't have to be a realist to be realistic about your own self portrait. Through history, artists have celebrated themselves in the most truthful ways. Take for instance the 70 year old Alice Neel
sitting naked in her little striped chair, or Van Gogh after he loped off part of his ear.
5. And finally, that we all see each other as we are, not in our self conscious moments with stomachs in, shoulders back, chin(s) up, and ready for our close ups. So unflattering moments only surprise the subject, not everyone else who has to look at you. In short, we are what we are and I yam what I yam.