A Conventicle of Realist Painters

Last week I was fortunate to attend the Figurative Art Convention & Expo in Williamsburg, VA. That's a stone's throw away from my home in Virginia Beach, so I pretty much decided I'd move heaven and earth to be able to attend - no easy feat when one has three young children and a chronically ill spouse. I have to give serious props to my husband for being able to store up enough energy to work and parent without a break from me, and to my sister for generously taking two days off to help get the kids on and off the bus.

I'm not much of a picture taker, which is probably a death knell for a blog, but I did snap a few and will share as I sort through my thoughts. Mainly, what I want to work on here is talking about my experiences and distilling what I learned. The convention officially began Sunday, November 10, but I opted to take advantage of one of the workshops offered Saturday and Sunday so my fun began a day early, getting to meet and work with the incredibly talented and kind Daniel Maidman, which you can read about here.

I also drove back and forth (about an hour one way) every day so I could sleep in my own bed and help with any last minute preparations for my kids each morning. My kids pretty much never saw me over five days, which was weird for all of us since I've been mostly a full-time mom since 2007. Basically, I left around 6:30 each morning and got home well after dark each night. One night I got home at midnight - oy! But it was so worth it. There was an energy in that studio - getting to be surrounded by your peers, learn from the masters, and just do the thing you were born to do!

So I hope you'll hang with me as I digest what I've gained from attending this conference. I can easily see a dozen posts covering different aspects. The workshop alone will take three!


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