Being an illustrator and teacher, it's not often that I get to paint from a live model. I'm usually working from photo reference or out of my head. But, luckily, I had an art education based in observational drawing and painting that has stuck with me.
That's why this weekend I was excited to have the opportunity to paint Annika, one of Ringling College's models. Here's a 3-hour oil painting on canvas board.