On Saturday morning, at the annual Portrait Society of America conference, held this year in Atlanta, we watched Quang Ho and Mary Whyte paint the same subject in oil and watercolor.
|Quang and Mary painting live!|
With watercolor, you must have a definite plan in mind as you need to preserve your whites. You also need to let areas dry and a knowledge of just the right time to go in again is essential, as you can easily mess things up with colors running into areas you do not want them. Progress is necessarily slower, but the results can be really beautiful, with transparent colors glowing.
|A side-by-side near the start|
|Approaching the finish line|
It was fun browsing the trade show during lunch and breaks. I purchased a few much needed (kind of kidding) brushes and received a few free samples. There were also lots of drawing and painting demos going on in the tradeshow hall.
|Trade show oil painting demo with model|
|Jack Richeson by Daniel Greene 2015|
As the program came to a close, it was time to get ready for the evening's festivities. I met some really nice artists at dinner, including my seat mate to the right, Lisa, who very generously insisted on sharing some of her bottle of red wine with the table. Her family lives in Northern California and make their own olive oil. She ended up leaving before I had a chance to get her last name, so, Lisa, if you read this, send me an email and thank you for the drink!
|Michael Shane Neal's portrait of Richard Ormond is unveiled to applause|
|Dessert is always outstanding - this was a pecan tart with chocolate, berry and whip cream garnishes|