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The Art Assignment


The Art assignment is about portraiture, with two mediums: sculpture and oil painting.

To begin with, this is the first time in ten years I have sculpted. Likewise, This assignment is based on observation. And the object needed a slight turn. In turning, forms into planes.

Further, I recalled it took me three months to complete it. Indeed, it did require physical labor, for the plaster should be applied in even forms, and in the casting step, I broke the ears. Nevertheless, the beauty of art relies upon making mistakes and rebuilding for the better. I sculpted them with a spackle gesso, and we can not even notice it, for it looks natural. 

The Art Assignment

CARLA’S 18″ x 24″ OIL ON CANVAS 2020

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This portrait commission came out of the blue. Therefore, I had to make room in between another portrait. It came out spontaneously gestural. Combining warm, cool colors and softening the texture turned the figure into a splash moment.

Along with the use of space, Carla’s three-quarter view approach was challenging, for measurements must be kept in mind. This is one halfway between the front, and profile pose positions.


I thank Lisie for this commission. I just finished it last week and sent it to Florida. Dogs only last from ten to thirteen years. Followed by the cat is the second most popular pet owned by humans.
Sixty percent of U.S. households, or about eighty-five million families, own a pet in the USA. I’m very sure we all have the experience to share with our best friend’s pet.

To conclude, in the art assignment, I learned to meet deadlines. Taking risks with sculpting and portraiting anatomy and a dog was outrageous. What an experience. At first glance, our sight compensates for what we want to see; we seek clues and build a conclusion. Ultimately, it drives me to create one piece of art after another.

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The Art AssignmentTITLE: BEST FRIEND 16″ x 20″ OIL ON CANVAS 2020


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