This is your TX ambassador, Anna Rose Bain writing...
I hope that this spring is finding you happy, successful, and painting up a storm! I thought I would share a little about a recent workshop I attended with one of the Portrait Society's most esteemed faculty members, Judith Carducci. If you've ever had the opportunity to learn from her, or hear her speak at PSOA conferences, you know that Judy is a firm believer in working exclusively from life. Because of her purist dedication to life drawing and painting, and her passion for her craft, Judy's work is incredibly strong and vibrant. She is also a great storyteller and for every point she makes in her teaching, she can give an example from her wealth of experience. Personally, I have gained a great deal from her instruction and advice, and I hope that if you get a chance to study with her, you will take advantage of the opportunity! She is a great artist and person, but... she won't let you off easy. Prepare to be challenged! The 14 of us who took her January workshop in Dallas, certainly were!
Here are some pictures from the 5-day workshop.
Judy at the beginning of her demo, day 1. The model was WWII veteran, Jim.
Measuring the length of the face.
Judy's finished charcoal demo of Jim (with a sketch of eye - part of her demonstration of the anatomy of facial features)
Our wonderful host was Michael Mentler, head of the Society of Figurative Arts. The workshop took place at his studio (samples of his artwork in the background). I really love this shot of him! :-)
Judy would demo in the morning, and then the students got their shot at it in the afternoon to impliment what they learned. Above: artist Christen Benat, working on a profile view.
The first day was focused primarily on values, so we stuck to black and white, or in my case, brown and white. Here is my little monochromatic sketch of Jim, in oil on canvas. I only used Rembrandt's transparent oxide brown and white.
The model for day #2: Sylett, an artist's model with 30 years of experience! Judith really enjoyed doing this demo for us, and we enjoyed watching! She was working on a brand new line of Canson pastel board, courtesy of Canson via Michael Mentler (Michael represents their brand).
The finished demo. A solid, colorful, and exciting portrait!
The students hard at work.
My little 12x9 profile study of Sylett.
Michael Mentler posed for Judy on day 4.
She began and finished the portrait in charcoal, realizing early on that it didn't need any color; it was already a strong impression!
The finished portrait of Michael... or should I say, Gandalf the wizard? (Sorry, Michael, couldn't resist!)
Our afternoon model, Buck, was no less exciting! Here he is posing with a wolf skin hat, turquoise jewelry, and a staff.
Artist Rebecca McClure off to a very strong start. You could really feel the energy in the room!
Here's mine. I really took Judy's advice to heart: no matter where you are positioned in front of the model, find something you LOVE about the pose and run with it!I loved the backlighting on the furry hat, as well as the mysterious shadow that the rim cast over Buck's eyes.
On the last day of the workshop, Judy did a self-portrait as her demo.
The progression was very exciting to watch! We all sat riveted and humbled by her masterful execution of the self portrait.
Here it is finished. One of the students purchased this piece.
Finally, a group photo (sans two of the students, Carole Fadal and Connie Erickson -- we missed you, ladies!), with Judy holding her magnificent portrait.
Here's what Judith herself had to say about the workshop after it was done: