Katharina Gifford | Summer! Class update, Europe Trip, First Friday! Oh, and another timelapse…
Contemporary Maine Realist Portrait Painter
Maine portrait painter, Portland, Maine, contemporary realist painter, oil on canvas, drawings, portraits, still life, figurative art
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Summer! Class update, Europe Trip, First Friday! Oh, and another timelapse…

So we’ve already reached the July of 2016, and as always, it feels like this year has flown by, and Maine summer is halfway over. But since I last posted a few key, fun, and exciting events have occurred and experiences galore!

Figure Drawing Class at the Farnsworth: Summary!

 

What a fun class, a great group of people who were all enthusiastic to learn about the figure. One of my biggest goals for people to get over the fear of just throwing down what they were seeing in front of them. Easier said than done, especially when some of the folks had barely ever put a piece of charcoal to paper. But by the end of it I felt like everyone was much more confident about just starting their drawing. I also encouraged them all to keep drawing, copy from old master drawings, get a group of people together and hire a model. What’s important is to just draw as much as possible. I can’t wait to teach it again! Stay tuned for upcoming classes.

Mr. Bones and I hanging out at the Gamble Center. He was extremely helpful as an anatomy reference for figure drawing!
Mr. Bones and I hanging out at the Gamble Center. He was extremely helpful as an anatomy reference for figure drawing!
Quick demo drawing done for the figure class.
Quick demo drawing done for the figure class.
View of studio at Farnsworth's Gamble Center. Before students came in, I had the easels and model stand up, and set out some helpful books/materials to read during breaks
View of studio at Farnsworth's Gamble Center. Before students came in, I had the easels and model stand up, and set out some helpful books/materials to read during breaks

Euro Trip: Sites, Sounds, Tastes, and Fantastic Art!

 

Almost immediately after my class ended, my wonderful travel partner/husband and I were boarding a plane in Boston and on our way to Germany.  We spent a night in Frankfurt, a week in Berlin, and then a week in the Netherlands. Neither of us had ever been to that part of Europe before, and oh how I couldn’t wait to see all of the art that I could. Instead of rambling on about it (as I could, for days and days), here are some photos from the trip. I can’t wait to go back!

First Friday Experiment: Live Portrait Painting in Portland, ME

 

I finally did something I’ve been wanting to do for ages. This past first Friday (7/1) I painted a portrait out in the street (Monument Square). The experience was really great, another painter friend came along, and our mutual friend (and model) was kind enough to sit for us. Despite the extreme windy-ness and quick rain shower that came through, there were a lot of people out, and I was able to quickly get something down. Lots of people stopped by and respectfully just watched or wrote in our book. I’m looking forward to the next First Friday!

Summer Maine Peonies: Timelapse

 

Now, peonies are probably my favorite flower. They’re in the Top 3 favorites at least. June is peony month in Maine, and I couldn’t resist but get some humungous white peonies at the Rosemont Market one day, and just had to paint them. Here is the timelapse, took me about 2 hours. A couple of tea breaks thrown in for good measure.

2 Comments

  • Miranda Rodway

    05.08.2016 at 17:06 Reply

    This was mesmerizing to watch! awesome

    • KGifford

      19.08.2016 at 12:26 Reply

      Thanks Miranda!! It’s fun for me to watch too, “Oh, so that’s how I paint. Huh!” 🙂

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