Reflections

Portrait Conference – Part 6

Portrait Conference – Part 6

The show within a show at the Portrait Society of America Conference (one that I aspire to be juried into) is the PSoA International Portrait Competition Finalists Exhibition. I was in the “runner-ups” two years ago and received a Certificate of Excellence, but I digress. Here are my personal favorites from this year’s exhibition. Read more...

Portrait Conference – Part 5

Portrait Conference – Part 5

Demonstrations at the Portrait Society of America Conference are plentiful and do not disappoint. I’ll share some of my favorites here and direct you to the artists’ websites for better images of their work, but you do realize – “You really had to be there!” Read more...

Portrait Conference – Part 4

Portrait Conference – Part 4

As a female artist, I do recognize there are hurdles that female artists encounter that our male counterparts do not. Many of those hurdles revolve around the need to divide our attention between painting and the responsibilities of children and home. To respond to this Read more...

Portrait Conference – Part 3

Portrait Conference – Part 3

Artists should strike a balance between being paid for their artwork and donating to the arts. We want to be paid so that we can continue to buy art supplies and pay our bills, but it’s also important to give back to the art community that inspires and encourages your professional growth. That’s why I Read more...

Portrait Conference – Part 2

Portrait Conference – Part 2

The Portrait Society of America Conference offers breakout sessions on various topics. I’m always interested in hearing new ideas on marketing and so sat in on a session to hear from Read more...

Portrait Conference – Part 1

Portrait Conference – Part 1

One of the best things about this conference is getting great tips from some of the best portrait artists in the world. James Gurney opened the conference with Read more...

Researching a Posthumous Portrait

The rain left and it was a beautiful, blue-sky, October afternoon at Baylor University for the unveiling of my posthumous portrait of Dr. Gordon K. Teal in their brand new Elliston Chapel.

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The portrait will hang in the lobby of Baylor’s Gordon Teal Residential College which houses their Engineering and Computer Science students. Here is the portrait (48 x 36, oil on linen).

Original oil painting by Brenda Hash. Photographed by Alvin W. Gee. The portrait is hanging in the entry of Teal Residential College at Baylor University.

Dr. Teal was a fascinating man to research, and I thought it would be helpful to portrait artists out there to walk through my research  Read more...

From Oldest to Largest at the Kimbell

From Oldest to Largest at the Kimbell

The oldest painting in the Kimbell’s Botticelli to Braque exhibition is one they tried to purchase for themselves in 1999, Sandro Botticelli’s Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child also known as the Wemyss Madonna (c. 1490). In the final hours Read more...

A Wake-Up Call – Artist or Athlete or Both?

A Wake-Up Call – Artist or Athlete or Both?

For the last seven weeks I have had my first experience…wait, no …my first, excruciating, on a scale from 1-10 this is a 9.5, for a women who has gone through child birth which is a 10, can’t think of anything else but the pain,  can’t sit down, can’t stand up for long, pain from the lower back all the way down to my foot, sciatic pain. I am back in the game, but I was stubborn and Read more...

A Christmas Reminder

A Christmas Reminder

Disclaimer: This is not the happiest story you will read this season, so you have had fair warning. Last week at a Christmas party I ran into Judy, an artist friend. She told me a story about her grandchild… Read more...