Being so captivated by painting children lately, of course I took the class on a child's portrait with Michael Shane Neil, whose life changed when having a child, like myself a mother, fell in love with painting children. He did a demonstration on stage painting his daughter Lily K. As most of us couldn't imagine a child sitting still and posing from life for a painting, Michael Shane Neil has had great success with it.
This artist cares deeply for his subjects, spending time getting to know and love them is a significant part of painting their portrait. As I can relate when painting my nieces and nephews from life when I can, Is so much fun, the interaction with them in person and my love and appreciation for them is more intense then just looking at a photograph alone. I also find It to be an important part of the commission process to take the time to spend getting to know the child I am painting, playing with them, talking to them like a person with a unique personality and characteristics. The purpose of an artist is to express their subject out of love so the world can see and appreciate them in a new way.
Last but not least, I want to mention my awesome and incredibly supportive husband, William came to the conference with me, sharing the same appreciation for God, art and people. He restored an adorable vintage camper that we traveled in to the conference. We met the NYS ambassador, Patricia for the PSOA and plan on working together, to enhance traditional portraiture in our state. Get in touch if you are interested in the Portrait Society.
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