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Chris Benavides
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Interview
While in Atlanta at the annual conference for the Portrait Society of America I was able to hobnob with a number of artists that I'd never actually met personally, which was really enjoyable. One of the artists I had the opportunity to meet was Debby Lucill...

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Long Overdue Update
So it's been a long time since I've blogged here. There are several reasons, and I think they're all mostly good ones. One of the reasons is that I've been fairly busy painting, trying new things, and just trying to improve in general. Lately, anytime I fin...

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My New Website
I haven't been all that active on this blog because lately I've been trying to get my website together. I don't have all my images up on it yet but I have enough that I thought I'd go ahead and publish it anyway.  Check it out  here: Hope you like it.

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Tulips
Something I haven't tried much in awhile are still-life. I had some flowers I had bought thinking I would use them together in a figurative piece. That one didn't work out as well as I'd hoped. I'm sure I'll return to it eventually. I don't take defeat easi...

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A Positive Step Forward
I think all my recent painting efforts combined with the workshops I've attended is starting to show dividends. It goes without saying that the more you practice, or put time into something, the better you will get at that thing. I'm definitely not ready to...

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Taylor Sue
A recent 3 hour study at Bayarts. I feel pretty good about how this one turned out although there is quite a bit of glare on the photo. Taylor Sue is a great model with a great fashion sense. Although it's not necessarily my goal to always paint pretty ladi...

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A New Painter Friend --- Meet Leslie Adams!
I met Leslie Adams through the critique program of the Portrait Society of America, of which I am a member. Leslie was assigned to me when I had submitted my name for a critique. The PSoA offers this service (at a cost) to its members who wish to have their...

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Daniel Gerhartz Workshop - Day 5
So, sorrow of sorrows, the last day of our workshop has finally come. The day I'd been dreading. On this last day Dan had us paint one setup for the entire day, or around 6 hours. Each day prior to this we essentially had just concentrated on portraits with...

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Daniel Gerhartz Workshop - Days 3 & 4
Days 3 consisted of Daniel doing another one of his informative and insightful, not to mention stunning, demos. The young lady he used for this demo was one I had recalled seeing before that had recently been published for the cover of one of the big oil pa...

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Daniel Gerhartz Workshop - Day 2
Today, our second day, consisted of Dan using the morning to talk about the works of past masters and what we might glean by studying their work. He talked about the value of doing master copies, in order to learn and problem solve. I'm personally a big bel...
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