Today I took part in Penny S's "backyard" modeling session. There were three models and we had our choice of painting whomever we wanted for three hours. There was plenty of room to spread out ..and it is a "private" backyard so there were options for painting nude vs. clothed models as well. The weather was overcast and I couldn't decide if that made me happy or not. I was glad on the one hand (I had forgotten my umbrella)..but stronger light would have been more interesting to paint. Nevertheless, I was happy to be outside painting people. It is always nice to be around so many "like-minded" people too. I enjoyed seeing the very different interpretations of the models. I only wish the session had been longer!
At the end of the day I learned that my friend and instructor Elio Camacho was seriously injured in a car accident last weekend. My heartfelt prayers are winging up for his recovery. Elio has many students/friends here in Portland.... and we all hold him in our hearts!