After finding out that most of the gallery exhibits I was slated for this year were postponed or virtual, I decided to make good use of my time by painting daily portraits for 100 days. This daily practice was challenging, but I've seen improvement in both speed and execution. When I started the challenge, it would take a 7-8 hour day to complete a portrait; by the end most took about 5 hours. I didn't plan what I would paint; sometimes it would be an actor that I saw on Netflix the night before, other times it would be a master copy. A few were family, friends, or Instagram followers.
It wasn't always easy to post the unsuccessful ones, but it was part of the Instagram challenge (hosted by fellow artist AJ Alper). I had an incredible amount of support from friends and followers; I seriously doubt I could have stuck with it without them.
This is what 100 portraits looks like (minus the few that sold and the few that were painted over.
A few favorite master copies; I loved following in their brushstrokes!
Rhea Groepper Pettit
New works, new ideas.