Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Patricia #15 - One Hundred Alla Prima Portraits of American Teenagers


"Laughing  in the face of adversity is one of the greatest skills to have in life.....I'd love to find a job I'm passionate about, possibly as an engineer.  I'd like to make a difference with my work".

Sometimes, when I am painting these portraits I go through a phase where it feels out of control, like I have lost my bearings completely.  This used to throw me,  I would get really nervous and then I really would loose my way.  Now, when that feeling comes, I notice it, but ignore it like an unwelcome guest, and I seem to be able to regain my balance and keep on going.  I think this is an important skill for an artist to develop.  Its an inherent part of the creative process.


  1. Great values in the skin tones. And, helpful advise for all of us.

  2. Strong work, Natalie.
    I agree...and with continued work and increasing skill, those nagging thoughts diminish.