I have been painting with Cherokee artist Bert Seabourn for a year now. I had not ever before attempted to paint a face. I did my first painted portrait last Fall. This is a sketch from my last class.
It was drawn from a historic photograph. We have done a few of these and the expressions varied widely. I cannot imagine the emotions these men must have felt as they watched their way of life disappear under plows and railway tracks.
Classes are done for a couple months and I’m back in the studio. Severe weather season is done and the Oklahoma Summer heat is moving in, making staying there easy. My Canadian blood just won’t thin past a certain point!
So there is more to come.
I’ve dragged some larger canvases into the studio. An expressionist friend of mine and I are doing paintings of the same photograph from her garden. It should be fun to see how different they are. She’ll keep me on track! So, we’ll see what happens. It might be time to finish that self portrait too…
Bert is having an opening this Friday at JRB at the Elms in the Paseo district this Friday, June 5th. He recently shared an old photo of himself and Bonnie (his wife) with Gerald and Betty Ford and a gorgeous painting. The painting is now in the President Ford Library collection in Ann Arbor, MI. Bert has work in collections all over the world.
A classmate of mine, Joan Frimberger, is a fine equine artist and she will be showing at Paseo this Friday as well.
“First Friday” is a big event in the Paseo Arts District every month and if you’re in the OKC area this Friday, do check it out.
Next weekend, June 12-13, is the opening of the “Prix de West“, one of the largest exhibitions of Western Art. For those outside Oklahoma, all of the paintings are viewable on the website.