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Helen makes the hall of fame of portrait sitters.  Not only is she an incredible person, but she sang for me.  We had talked about a whole host of topics and it came up that she was the singer in one or more bands and then somehow she started to sing (maybe I asked her to) and I mean she sang beautifully, so much so that I had to refocus on me painting her and not being an audience member of this wonderful private concert that was going on.  It didn’t start out this way but at some point I realized I could use this enterprise — this portrait project — as a way of challenging myself to paint people who were not sitting incredibly still.  I was very conscious of this when I painted Damion Ward later on, but maybe Helen was one of the first people who didn’t sit quite still and I took it as a challenge to try to paint her while she was talking and singing.

The Pizza Box Portrait Project . September 6 - 29, 2019
  1. Overview
  2. Jennifer
  3. Garette
  4. Karin
  5. Julia
  6. Helen
  7. Dominic
  8. Catherine
  9. Namrata
  10. Justin
  11. Randy
  12. Ya Ya
  13. Melody
  14. Elysia
  15. Nicole
  16. Sonya
  17. Nokoa
  18. Paige
  19. Jason
  20. Ellie
  21. Emily
  22. Susan
  23. Wesley
  24. Rasheem
  25. Allison
  26. LaWanda
  27. Christine
  28. Seper
  29. Shoshana
  30. Dwayne
  31. Tyler
  32. Jarreau
  33. Marina
  34. Curtis
  35. Madeleine
  36. Stephanie
  37. Chris
  38. Erica
  39. Jamie
  40. Jasmine
  41. What’s next?
  42. Portrait Party . Sep. 15 . 2-4pm