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NEW!! Head Drawing Class in Sugar Land, TX

NEW!! Head Drawing Class in Sugar Land, TX

I have added a new fall drawing class on Saturday mornings in Sugar Land. It will be a focused study on the features and proportions of the human head. If you are a beginner to portraiture, this class is for you. If you want to push your portrait skill to the next level, this class is for you. No matter what medium or style of painting you prefer, improving your understanding of the human head will improve your figurative work. Complete information can be found here.

Spring Classes – Open Enrollment

Spring Classes – Open Enrollment

Emily, charcoal, 16×14″ by Brenda Hash, PSA

I will be offering two studio classes this spring on Thursdays at the Gates Fine Art Building in Rosenburg, TX. Classes start on February 2nd. We will be “Painting with Charcoal” in the morning class and doing the “Art of Your Choice” in the afternoons. Complete information on each class is found here and here.

“Liz” Wins Award at New York Exhibition

“Liz” Wins Award at New York Exhibition

What fun to be in New York getting an award at the National Arts Club from the President of the Pastel Society of America, Jimmy Wright.

Accepting Award from Jimmy Wright

The PSA hosts its Enduring Brilliance Exhibition each year at the National Arts Club in New York and it’s a great excuse to visit Manhattan and see a few Broadway plays. My pastel painting, Liz, received the Allied Artists of America Award this year and was selected as one of twenty pieces from the exhibit to travel to The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. I’m so pleased that “Liz” is on the road and getting to be seen by a larger audience. If you’re in Ohio, December through February 2017, go check out the exhibit.

Many thanks to my little sister for making the trip fun and memorable. Here we are with our favorite building…The Flat Iron! Check out the red “No Standing Anytime” sign behind us…oops!

Sisters

Fall 2016 Art Classes

Fall 2016 Art Classes

Announcing my Fall 2016 Art Classes beginning in August. A semester includes twelve, three-hour studio style classes where beginner to advanced artists may work in oil or soft pastel. Both a morning  class and an afternoon class are being offered. The morning class will study “Getting the Right Perspective”, where we will copy a master painting and tackle topics such as aerial and linear perspective to improve our depictions of the landscape. The afternoon class will have an open format where artists will bring in their current projects and receive on-going critiques aimed at improving their skills on the subjects they have chosen.

For more information on these classes follow the links below:

Morning Class (9am – NOON) – Getting the Right Perspective
Afternoon Class (1:30pm – 4:30pm) – Art of Your Choice

Orchids in Bloom

Orchids in Bloom

Took a little time off and painted one of my orchids that was in bloom. Sometimes life just needs to be simple like this painting and this post.

Portrait of Janie Hengst

Portrait of Janie Hengst

My portrait of Janie Hengst, retiring Principal of John Paul II Catholic School, was unveiled May 20th during a special mass and program honoring her many years of dedication to the school. I have yet to meet Ms. Hengst, but I know without a doubt that she is loved and admired by her peers. This portrait was quite a challenge, and I’d like to give you some insight into how I handled a couple of issues. Read more...

Portrait Conference – Part 2

Portrait Conference – Part 2

The Portrait Society of America Conference offers breakout sessions on various topics. I’m always interested in hearing new ideas on marketing and so sat in on a session to hear from Read more...

Portrait Conference – Part 1

Portrait Conference – Part 1

One of the best things about this conference is getting great tips from some of the best portrait artists in the world. James Gurney opened the conference with Read more...

Portrait of a Pastelist

Portrait of a Pastelist

Hot off my easel is a portrait I’ve been wanting to paint ever since I met Liz at a meeting of the local Pastel Society of Southeast Texas. She has an inescapable presence sporting her white spiked hair. I just had to paint her!! I chose to use pastel for this portrait Read more...

Researching a Posthumous Portrait

The rain left and it was a beautiful, blue-sky, October afternoon at Baylor University for the unveiling of my posthumous portrait of Dr. Gordon K. Teal in their brand new Elliston Chapel.

UnveilingWithDrGravagne

The portrait will hang in the lobby of Baylor’s Gordon Teal Residential College which houses their Engineering and Computer Science students. Here is the portrait (48 x 36, oil on linen).

Original oil painting by Brenda Hash. Photographed by Alvin W. Gee. The portrait is hanging in the entry of Teal Residential College at Baylor University.

Dr. Teal was a fascinating man to research, and I thought it would be helpful to portrait artists out there to walk through my research  Read more...