I took part in two very interesting events in November, both in America.
First I took part in Joshua Larock’s workshop at Scotsdale School Of Art. Joshua Larock is an artist whose work I had been admiring for a long time and was curious to see him work live. It was a short but productive workshop and Jeremy is a great and very approachable instructor. I was humbled to see so many already confident and established artists taking part in his workshop.
FACE + TRAC
Then from Arizona I flew to Miami,Florida, to participate in the first Figurative Art Convention And Expo (FACE) which was taking place at the same time with The Representational Art Conference (TRAC) at the famous Biltmore Hotel.
Biltmore Hotel is a really grandeur building with tall ceilings, spacious rooms and a few lovely restaurants, one couldn’t have thought of a better venue for such a major event. The variety of lectures, talks and events was truly impressive. Because there were two art events going on at the same time (although very well time coordinated) it was impossible to attend everything, but there certainly was a wide choice to satisfy everyone. The constellation of stars like David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Daniel Gerhartz, Jacob Collins, only to name a few, was impressive enough to draw the artists from around the world. Apart from lectures and demonstrations there was also an opportunity to have some hands on experience: life models were available to draw and paint and some of the great artists were available to give their critique.
The highlight of the Convention for me was the opportunity to see David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw paint life, it was like a dream come true! The Conference also coincided with David Leffel’s 86th Birthday and it was extremely moving to watch a video presentation of his life in art and then the tribute paid by the whole audience. It will definitely become one of those unforgettable moments for me as well as for everybody who was present at the Conference, I am sure.
As always I met quite a few interesting people as well as some old friends including some former fellow students from Angel Art Academy. Lots of fun and lots of information, the organisers had thought the schedule through carefully and really did a great job! On top of that the weather was superb and it was nice to have a short break from the grey skies of Scotland in November.