Tuesday, May 24, 2011


While in Sedona, my fellow artist and good friend, Martha Cowan and I took turns painting each other. Back in our hotel room after dinner, we adjusted some lamps and one of us reclined on the bed watching TV while the other painted. I was very happy to have gotten a fairly good likeness. Joseph Todorovitch taught us the order of learning how to paint portraits: first strive to make it look human, then make it look female, then like the person. When I first started drawing the figure again (after 30 year break) all my heads looked ape-like! Martha and I had some hearty laughs about me trying to not make her look like a monkey! If you see a hint of tears in her eyes, it's because she was watching something sad on TV! To see her portrait of me, click on her name link above.


  1. Funny, Karen! I think you did a good job on the skin colors. I like how the light strikes her face and how the values change from cool to warm.

  2. It sounds like you all had a blast and what fun to even get in some painting time in the evening. Die hard- that is what I like:) I like both paintings y'all did of each other- good for you!


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