Ugly Christmas Portrait Party

I gravitate toward the color red around the holiday season. So when I got invited to the Ugly Christmas Portrait Party on Zoom with the Night Owls (on Sketchbook Skool’s Spark calendar) I had my red marker ready along with a fountain pen. The poses were quick with no time for thinking – the kind I love! Also, with no time in between for changing paper I just lined them up on two pages.

You would be right if you thought these people were having a jolly time, and with constant banter back and forth while drawing. And no, I came too late to be ready to pose.

No post processing clean up here. The first lines are always the best anyway. And scribble lines seem to come from some sensory memory of moving the crayon on the paper you were given at age 3. Once I got warmed up I could almost have sketched all night! Well, not exactly. With this dark season of the year I’m often sound asleep by 9:30.

Just a reminder that art is at its most potent when it’s done in community and with the delight of a good party!


Reminder: Portrait Party This Thursday

If you haven’t reserved your seat for the Portrait Party this Thursday, 6-8pm at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts gallery, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol, now’s the time.

Here’s the scoop again:

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Please reserve your seat here so we know how many chairs to get out. No money required to sign up.

There’s been a lot of interest in this, so please come a bit early. Bring a donation of $10 for the Art Center. And remember to wear distinctive clothing and a hat if you can.

Don’t miss the Portrait Party!

Questions? contact me here.

A Portrait Party!

I’ve been wanting to host a Portrait Party for all my fellow artists ever since I attended one at Arch Art Supply in San Francisco last spring. It was a gas! And this one will be held at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts in conjunction with the GO FIGURE art show which opens this Friday. I hope you can come. Details below. All are welcome!

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