Monday, April 21, 2014

The Art of the Portrait Conference 2013

Face Off with Lynn Sanguedolce, Jeffrey Hein, and David Kassan



Japanese Garden at the Hyatt
Beautiful Buckhead
The Portrait Society of America celebrated their 15th annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.

This year was my first year to attend the conference. I left Pawleys Island not knowing anyone and returned having met so many wonderful artists. The conference was teaming with people who support the arts in so many ways. When I left, I had made some new friendships and left totally energized.



Evert Ploeg at Face Off
Face-Off
The Opening Night began with a Face-Off competition. What an interesting and fun way to watch fifteen incredible artists painting simultaneously. The artist paint in groups of 3 with one model in period dress. The event was in the grand ballroom.

The Face-Off last two and a half hour. Afterward everyone can vote for their favorite, painting. The overall favorite wins the Peoples Choice Award. The paintings are subsequently sold at a silent auction. All proceeds are directed to the scholarship program. Jeffrey Hein won this year's award.





Painting Demo with Michael Shane Neal and Mary Whyte

Conference Highlights
During the conference, there were demonstrations, illustrated  lectures, portfolio reviews, breakout sessions, vendors and so much more.  To the right are photos of a painting demonstration between Mary Whyte and Michael Shane Neal. Mary Whyte used watercolor and Shane Neal painted with oil. The model was the distinguished painter and writer Sam Adoquei.  The session was as entertaining as it was informative.  Mary Whyte lives in South Carolina and co-owns the Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, SC.


Everett Raymond Kinstler
Keynote Speaker
A Highlight of the conference was Everett Raymond Kinstler, who gave an insightful talk and critiqued submitted works by conference attendees.

Mr. Kinstler, a native New Yorker, began his career at age 16, drawing comic books and hundreds of book and magazine illustrations, as well as covers for paperback books. Mr.Kinstler studied and later taught at the Art Students League. He ultimately made the transition to portraitist.









Joseph Todorovitch

Painters Everywhere
Joseph Todorovitch, finds a quiet corner outside of the ballroom to paint, but not for long. 

Banquet & Awards Presentation
Saturday evening is traditionally the night of the Banquet. The evening recognized outstanding accomplishments and winners of competitions and a keynote speaker. Everyone was in good spirits especially the award winners. The evening was magical for me as I sat with some of the most talented artists in the country. 




Saltness Parks, Last Day of the Conference
My Roommate 
Saltness Parks the state representative for Arizona 2013 was my roommate. Saltness and I  had not met prior to the conference. We spoke by phone and thought we were a good match. It turned out we were! The arrangement worked wonderfully, and we've kept in touch.    

I hope you have enjoyed this overview of the conference.   

Thanks for joining me and please send me your comments.  I love hearing your ideas, questions and input. Please leave responses in the comments section below or on Facebook. 

  

Artfully Yours,

Annette



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