8x10 inches, oil on paper
For the past few years I have been a sometimes participant in an online painting group called Julia Kay's Portrait Party. I painted this small oil for that group.
It's a large group of people, although a fairly small number of participants are active at any one time. I tend to paint about one portrait a month, although there are people who create one each and every day. Some paint, some draw, some use collage or mosaics, some use digital media. All are interesting because it is clear that there are endless ways to approach a portrait, and almost always the result says as much about the artist as it does the subject.
I stay with the group, even though I am often put to shame by other people's skill and unique vision, because I believe that it is good practice to paint lots. I believe that quantity eventually leads to quality, and in my case I think my portraits have improved since I joined. I know for sure that I enjoy rubbing shoulders with this large and diverse group.