|The finalist paintings on display.|
The morning of the second day was filled with the anticipation of knowing that the winners of the 2012 International Portrait Competition would be announced at the banquet later in the evening. Convention-goers visited and re-visited the room in which the finalists were displayed, and those that had had a hard time picking their favorite as the People's Choice Winner could only imagine the difficulty the judging panel faced when deciding the order of the awards.
|Portrait of Everett Raymond Kinstler by Michael Shane Neal|
(from a demo done at the 2011 conference)
|Signing the giclées|
Everett Raymond Kinstler began the day's events with Pointing the Way, a program that allowed the audience to gain from the artist's years of experience through listening to his critiques of attendee's pre-submitted portfolios. As usual, Kinstler entertained the audience with his wry sense of humor and his funny life stories, but the audience left educated as well, filled with Kinstler's poignant observations on the works he reviewed. Kinstler also reassured the audience that rejection was part of the life of being an artist, and that early in his own career, paintings which had been acclaimed by one group of judges were invariably panned by the next panel to which they were submitted. Hang in there, though; perseverance has a way of paying off.
Next to take the stage was Daniel Greene, who shared his over 50 years of experience with the audience as he painted a portrait during a segment called Realizing the Visual Experience. An organized painter and teacher, Greene offered a clear demonstration of the process involved in his technique. Of particular interest to the audience each year is Greene's color palette, which he developed after studying the works of the Masters in museums around the world. His layout of colors with its pre-mixed color strings is foreign to most alla prima painters, and is consistently a source of curiosity to artists seeking more structure in their personal procedures.
|Daniel Greene's Palette|
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Light
Just prior to the lunch break, Michael Shane Neal brought some exciting news to the conference attendees. Later this year, the Portrait Society of America will introduce a new honorific for which members are eligible to apply. Those receiving approval will be able to append the designation "PSoA" to their names, in much the same way other artists place RA (Royal Academy), NA (National Academy), or OPA (Oil Painters of America) after their surnames. More information on this designation of honor will soon be available on the Portrait Society's website.
|Susan Lyon telling the story of how she and Scott Burdick met.|
|Alexandra Tyng describing her palette.|
As part of the lunchtime activities, conventioneers had the opportunity, through prior arrangement, to share their meals with faculty members. In the intimate setting of Lunch & Learn, small groups of attendees are able to ask questions of their chosen artist, and listen to their personal stories. This program is a recent addition to the Conference schedule and has proven to be quite popular.
|David Kassan talking about his visit to the home of Antonio Lopez.|
|Michael Shane Neal|
At 2:00 PM, it was time for a demonstration by the People's Choice Winner of Thursday evening's Face-Off presentation. This year's winner was Mary Whyte, who painted a watercolor portrait in her inimitable technique for the pleasure of the audience.
|Mary Whyte's demo.|
When Whyte finished her demonstration, it was time for those attending the banquet to hurry back to their rooms and prepare themselves for the evening ahead.
|Burt Silverman taking a break from autographing palettes for the prize winners.|