10-minute portrait, February 7, 2010

Portrait Andy Wilson

Still recovering from illness and had to spend mega-hours preparing lessons to hand over to tomorrow’s substitute.

This post is from 1989.  I remember the day well.  My art classroom after hours at Lamar High School, Arlington, Texas.  A number of art and humanities students were crowding into my classroom after school on particular days to work on art projects, discuss books, music, etc.  This student, Andy Wilson, was seated on one of the tables reading a book and listening to classical music on WRR-FM.  I liked the way the light played off his blonde hair, so I took out some stick pastel and rendered him in 10 minutes, with no preliminary drawing–just stick pastel, and little-to-no smudging.  I liked the directness and freshness, and wonder why I don’t do this anymore.  Perhaps I’ll get back to it.

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