Rose Moeckel of Shoreview also heeded the maestro’s admonition to “put down a piece of paint, leave it alone, and go on to the next piece of paint.” Also, paint a “quiet” background with at least one color in the person’s face or clothes to tie it together. Viva towels, Moeckel said, was another helpful suggestion. Roberts likes to paint with that paper product and then touch up with a finger.
Tara Roth of Rogers was working from a nicely-lit photograph of the model that she took herself during the photo seminar. Like Sondra, Tara is a portrait rookie (one prior attempt) but the strong photo resource helped her assemble a promising effort. Getting the light just right, to clarify the face’s contours and colors, is crucial when painting from photos. “Bonnie is really good at placing models, right down to the position of their feet,” said Roth.
Roberts also preaches to “take care of your decision-making on your palette,” said Roth, meaning to take your time and mix the right colors, unified and harmonious and ready to for the canvas.
There were some nice portraits shaping up at the workshops. All 24 students will finish on their own and convene Oct. 24 with Roberts for a final critique.