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Posted: May 3, 2016
Categories: Drawings, Workshops
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This spring I figured I'd get out of the studio and away from my hectic corporate life with two missions, get inspired by the magnificent playground God has created for us with an artist eye. Secondly, get my yearly itch for art workshops and artist networking scratched real good early in the year to give me juice for the rest of the year. Being away for what seemed like a month has been a great distraction from the mundane obligations of a very busy life. You might be inspired to hop on a plane or train after I tell you about my journeys next.
After an impromptu trip to Costa Rica for a week which you can read about here, It was time head out to Casey Baugh's 2 day charcoal drawing workshop in Brooklyn. First day he gave us a demo of his process and day 2 was all hands on deck with all students working from a photo of their choice.
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We stayed in Manhattan for 5 nights right in the heart of it all, Time Square, what an adventure! Spent a whole day in The Metropolitan museum,got to visit the Art Student's League, and the acclaimed Salmagundi club.
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Photo Apr 13, 1 09 56 PM
Couldn't call it a trip to NYC without going to the well known galleries in Chelsea district like Gallery Henoch. One day we even drove to Sag Harbor to visit RJD Galleries and Grenning Galleries which unfortunately were closed the day I decide to drive 2 hours to visit the Hamptons.
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Fortunately, the annual Portrait Society of America conference run by great faculty such as Ed Jonas and Michael Shane Neal was next on the agenda held this year at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia. This is a yearly highlight for me, this was my third year in a row. I get to network with the top representational artist from United States and abroad, prominent gallery owners and supply manufacturers all under one roof for four days.
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We arrived in Reston a day before the conference and took avantage to go visit the Smithonian National Gallery of Art in Washing D.C. So many wonderful pieces there!
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That afternoon was opening night at the conference with a full on face off with 15 artists all painting from the live models and it was great to see some friends included going at it.
Photo Apr 14, 5 07 32 PM(Robert Liberace painting a portrait of artist Anthony Ryder)
 It was great to have my local posse there with me, Mike Bernal and his lovely wife Belkis and also my teachers and art mentors Elkin Cañas and Milixa Moron which was their first time.
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(From left to right, Milixa Moron & baby Alexandro, Belkis Bernal, Mike Bernal, Carlos Lopez)
I attended a discussion by Scott Jones and Gary Hanes from Legacy Gallery and Haynes Galleries respectfully as well as Beverly McNeil & Michael Shane Neal on presenting your best self as an artist. The conference continued with great happy hours, making new friends and buying way too many great materials such as from Natural Pigments, Rosemary & Co. Brushes, Michael Harding paints and so on. I did my best to get the Hughes Easel they were raffling by buying too many tickets but a lovely friend and great artist, Leslie Adams beat me to it!
One of the best moments for me was meeting fellow artist and brother in Christ, Dan Gerhartz and watching him wrap up the conference on stage with an alla prima painting of a beautiful young lady.
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This conference always inspires me to do the best work possible and fills me up with hope, humbleness and a great sense of comradery. I'd love to hear from you what special surroundings or circumstances give you the same. I know many people ask what do 800+ artist talk about at a conference? I'd love to hear your questions on the matter.

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