We had an incredible experience at the Michael Malm Workshop at the Scottsdale Artists School. Mike was very well organized and he has such a laid back personality. I learned some good stuff about lighting the portrait to achieve drama and also some nuts and bolts stuff about painting that I knew already but needed to have reinforced.
Here is a picture of the paintings I completed in the workshop, which was full due to the excellent reputation Mike has earned as an artist/teacher. Keep in mind that all paintings were completed in a three hour period or less, except no. 5, which was completed in about five hours. Although some of the students allowed Mike to work on their paintings I chose to keep mine in "my own hand" instead of making it a joint effort. However, Mike was able to offer insight into what to do with specific issues I raised, so I feel I did get a lot out of this workshop.
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