I started a portrait class with Ann Feldman. She is an incredible artist and teacher, and so much fun! This class meets once a week for 6 weeks. The first class she did a very short lecture and demo, then turned us loose on a head shot in charcoal. This was lots of fun. I got a lot of really good input from her. Last night was the second class she let us move into oils if we wanted. Then handed out photos of facial features for us to study and paint. Here is a photo of what I did last night. Seems like I could almost have a face here, but the features didn't belong to one another. So I kept them separate.
Then last week I had a 2 day workshop with Thomas Trausch focusing on flowers and trees. This was a very intensive 2 days consisting mostly of lecture and demos. I really liked how much time we spent on composition. There were a couple hours at the end of each day where we were able to quickly paint something. I'm not a fast painter, so I didn't get as far as I would have liked, but I learned a lot and it was good to get out of my studio and away from the computer. Here are my paintings.