Just got back from Boone, North Carolina, where we did 2 workshops back to back for the folks down there. They all had done the original workshop last year, so the two workshops were refresher workshops. One of the exercises during the workshops was for the people to paint a portrait, picked from random photos. This one was done by my friend Richard, an Irish chap. The people had 45 minutes to complete the painting from the photo......This is a painting done from a black and white photo of me and I just loved it! Although Richard didn't think it was that great, I had to disagree with him. The simplicity, color, and child-like naievity of this blew me over. I often tell new painters that they don't know when its good and I think that is definately true in this case. This is an acrylic 16x20" done on masonite, and hope you all like it. Thanks Richards, for letting me post this.
Thanks also to all the folks in Boone, Page, Steve, Joanna, Elliot and the rest who made it possible for me to go there and work with them. Wonderful people, my home away from home. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends down there. I will post more work from Boone from time to time.