Faces and Figures - Art

With a handful of exceptions, all the original oil paintings in this collection were created alla prima in one 3-hour session with the model. Often that was the goal, but more often it was because there was no opportunity to get additional sittings from the model. Some of the paintings are of young women I worked with when I was a part-time Visitor Services employee at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. They posed in Central Park near the "model boat sailing" Conservatory Water on a weekday morning for me and four of my painting friends over the course of seven summers, from 2002 to 2008. Most of the other paintings in this collection are among more than 400 portrait sketches completed over many years of faithful attendance at the Saturday morning session of the members' painting class offered by The Art Students League of New York. This uninstructed class gives former League students an opportunity to continue to paint from the model at low cost and connect with like-minded individuals who share their life-long love of painting. Sometimes the images have been cropped slightly to eliminate any unpainted edges of the original oil painting that would normally be covered by the frame rabbet. And some of the paintings in this collection have been signed digitally to re-position them for print requirements or to add a signature if the original was unsigned when photographed and is no longer in my possession.

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