It's no secret I love all God's cretures, especially the little, furry faces. Dogs, cats, squirrels, guinea pigs, even baby birds have shared my home. So it's not a leap when I paint pet portraits. And especially not a leap when I started teaching Pet Portrait Workshops.
Judi McGuire (Tennessee Artists) worked with the Nashville Jerry's Artarama to start in-house painting workshops. The first was Frank Baggelt, a very talented plein air painter from middle Tennessee. And I was fortunate enough to be asked to teach the second series on Pet Portraits. And slated for later this spring, Roman Rocco Burgan from Kerry, Ireland, will be teaching.
We started the day with a discussion on the basics of painting... shape, value, color, compostion, brushstrokes, and artistic interpretation. Below is the demonstration painting i created of my sweet, little Nannie Nutmeg.
We painted from reference photos. It's nearly impossible to paint a pet portrait from life or from memory.
What a great day!
Thank you to Judi McGuire for making this workshop possible. Thank you to Amanda and the entire staff of Jerry's Artarama for providing this opportunity. And thank you to the wonderfully talented students who make my job the best on the planet!!
I'll be teaching again at the end of February and again at the end of March. If you are interested in discovering your inner artist, please call Jerry's Artarama, (615) 731-5906, to register for the next workshop.