Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CBF Panel Highlights…Publishing your Art in the 21st Century

Another fabulous and legendary Portrait Society of America Conference has just finished, and now its back to business. Thank you to those of you arose at the crack of dawn Saturday morning to attend the Cecilia Beaux Forum Panel Discussions. And apologies to those of you who, like me,  wanted to attend each of the phenomenal breakout sessions but had to pick just one.

For your benefit, over the next few weeks we will be giving you some highlights of the talks as downloadable handouts.

Kudos to Chris Saper, who heads up the Literature Committee of the Cecilia Beaux Forum, and also headed up the panel about promoting your work in the 21st Century. She was the first one to get her information to me!

“Beauty” by Chris Saper

 Promoting Your Work in the 21st Century

Chris Saper’s portion of this panel discussion was all about self-publishing.

Here are her notes from her well-researched and informative talk

Here is a chart comparing publishing options*

Here is a link to a free ebook about self-publishing*

*Courtesy Matter Deep Publishing.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Inspiration By The Books at the Portrait Society Conference

Each year as I get ready for the Portrait Society of America meeting, I pack with an eye to leaving space in my luggage for all the new art books I’m going to buy.

Over the years I’ve amassed a small library of inspirational art books purchased at the veritable artists candy store that is the PSoA Book table.

Portrait of Maquoketa by Rose Frantzen
I shall always remember my first PSoA book purchase; “Portrait of Maquoketa” by Rose Frantzen. After seeing her win the face-off, watching her riveting demonstration, hearing her speak, meeting her and learning about her epic portrait project painting the citizens of her hometown, I snagged a copy of the book. Fortunately I got one before they sold out and lined up to have her sign it too. Since then I have had many breakfasts and late night snacks while poring over the 180 portraits it contains.

Breaking the Rules of Watercolor and The Intimate Eye by Burt Silverman,
New York Creative from Raymond Everett Kinstler and
Self-Portraits and Oil Painting Secrets from a Master from David Leffel
At subsequent conferences I also discovered where Burton Silverman, Raymond Everett Kinstler, and David Lefell had been hiding since I first heard about them 30 years ago from my Portrait Painting teacher, José Cintron at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Over the next couple conferences, I bought their newer books and even dragged my 30-year-old tattered, oil-paint and coffee-stained ones from my collection at home for them to sign. It was a thrill to meet these gentlemen, who were, for me living legends from my early training.


Nelson Shanks from Nelson Shanks and Alla Prima by Richard Schmid
At the Portrait Society book table, I was also introduced to Nelson Shanks and Richard Schmid…can you believe I’d never heard of them before I came to the Portrait Society? I bought both their books and ensured another year or so of inspiring breakfast book dates.


Visions and Voyages by Susan Lyon
And then there was the incredible Susan Lyon’s book. When my room-mate bought her book one year, I pored through it, but was already over 50 lbs in my luggage that year. I vowed to come back and buy it the following year. Fearing a sellout like Rose’s book, however, I came back the next day and bought it anyway. I could always bring it as carry-on. I knew her book as my breakfast companion would be a catalyst for delicious and meaningful brushwork for years to come.

The Incognito Project by Terry Strickland
Last year, I was thrilled to see The Incognito Project by Terry Strickland at the always crowded Portrait Society Book table. I followed her project where she enticed her friends and family to reveal their secret selves and pose for her. This was of special interest to me because there were similarities in process to my own Chicks with Balls project. Lucky for me I had already ordered the book online and didn’t have to fight for one before it sold out…but I was thrilled to finaly meet Terry after only talking to her on facebook.

Working South by Mary Whyte
And I’ll always remember the Portrait Society Conference where I saw Mary Whyte speak about her working south project. She bowled me over with her brilliant, quiet, thoughtful descriptions of her meticulously observed series chronicling the jobs of manual workers in vanishing fields. When she sat down with us for a glass of wine at the bar, it was confirmed I was in the company of a profoundly talented and gracious artist. Next chance I had, I made her book mine and had her sign it. Since then, I have been her groupie and have followed her shows to the Butler Institute and the National Arts Club in New York!

This year I’m looking forward to seeing what treasured books await me at the fabulous Portrait Society of America book table…along with seeing my own book there for the first time ever!

So, please, when you come to the conference this year, leave room in your luggage…or bring a sturdy carry-on totebag! You’ll go home with inspiration to last you a lifetime!

My Portrait Society book collection is growing!



Monday, April 7, 2014

Wake up to Cecilia Beaux Saturday Morning at the Portrait Society Conference in D.C.

Les Derniers Jours d’Enfance by Cecilia Beaux
Imag courtesy Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts.

We're all having so much fun with the blog and the facebook page…and some of you may still be wondering what exactly the Cecilia Beaux Forum of the Portrait Society of America really IS.

If you are attending the Portrait Society Conference in Washington DC this year, now is your chance to find out…and to benefit from all the art, portrait and life wisdom our board and membership has to offer too! And hopefully you’ll meet some of the terrific people you’ve met online too and say, “Hey, I know you from facebook!”

You are hereby invited to attend the

Cecilia Beaux Forum Meeting and Roundtable Discussions

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:00am-8:30am

Reston Suite B


What is the Cecilia Beaux Forum Roundtable?

It is a unique program on Saturday morning where CBF members gather together for the annual meeting and then break into smaller groups for presentations and discussions.

Our CBF Chair, Judith Carducci, will start off with a brief overview of the Forum’s purpose and recent activities. Then, attendees will break into three groups to discuss topics relevant to the fine art portraiture. You can choose which panel below to attend.

All are welcome and encouraged (you do not have to be a CBF member to attend).

This year, the topics and panelists to choose from will be as follows:

Art of Life by Leslie Adams

Shaping Your Artistic Journey

Judith Carducci • John Siebels Walker • Leslie AdamsJennifer Welty

In this discussion, panelists will share how their diverse artistic journeys have helped to shape and define their daily lives. Topics will include managing your time between teaching and painting, shows and commissions, work and family, and even between countries.

New World by Alexandra Tyng

The Mentoring Experience

This panel will discuss experiences of artist-to-artist mentoring relationships, including the goals, value, and expectations of both the mentor and the protégée. In particular, panelists will share and discuss stories from the Cecilia Beaux Mentoring program.

Huntsman and Herdsman by Kate Stone

Promoting Your Work in the 21st Century

 This panel will discuss the various opportunities and challenges an artist will face in the “tech-savvy” twenty-first century market. There will be particular focus on social media, blogging, and digital self-publishing.

So, set your alarm clocks for early Saturday morning, grab a coffee and see what the Cecilia Beaux Forum is all about! And of course say Hi to all your new friends from the Facebook Cecilia Beaux Forum group page too!