Different Strokes - Pat Burns and joi de vivre!
The stellar Karin Jurick arranged for 130 (yes 130!) artists to paint from a randomly selected photo of another artist. Mine took forever since I was in California and then out sick for days with this nasty cold. I spotted her portrait of me and just wish I was nearly as talented at faces as she is. Usually my faces are green, blue and all kinds of wacky colors. I made a concerted effort to go for flesh tones and it was a very educational exercise - but I definitely want to do some more similar challenges and get better!
I loved this lady's wonderful smile. She reminds me (happily) of both my mom and my stepmom, both of whom are full of pep / moxie / life! If I didn't get all the proportions right, I hope I got this zest communicated!
This is 5" x 7" on panel, onto which I gessoed a dictionary page - one that included the word "cat" since there was a cat drawing in the background of my mystery lady's photo and I'm guessing she likes them. Hope so!