November 21, 2009
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Looking ahead . . . 2010 Portrait Conference

11th Annual The Art of the Portrait® Conference
April 22 – 25, 2010
Washington, D.C.

- Receive the Early Bird Discounted Benfits - Register Now
- Receive a sneak peak of the conference schedule in August
- Be the first to select your classes
- Receive monthly Conference Insiders via email from featured faculty
- Gather with other artists from around the world to network
- Enter the 2010 International Portrait Competition
- Watch as nationally known artists demonstrate their approach to the portrait
- View the 15 original works in the International Portrait Competition and vote for your favorite
- Benefit from panel discussions, question-and-answer sessions and one-on-one critiques


Report on our first Meet-N-Greet
by Kathy Gray

If you weren't able to attend the Texas portrait artists' first "Meet 'n Greet" in August, you missed a great time!

Approximately 15 Texas portrait artists met at a restaurant in Austin and shared a wonderful time, good food, and learned a lot from Anna Rose Bain about how to use PhotoShop when painting portraits.

Anna's presentation was very informative, but the best part was even those of us completely inexperienced in PhotoShop could understand it. Her portraits are absolutely beautiful. Several in attendance had some experience with using PhotoShop and asked questions about more advanced techniques which Anne easily answered. She's a natural teacher.

Following lunch, her presentation, and the Q & A period, we each showed samples of our work and asked for friendly critiques from the group. The critiques were very helpful. We also shared a bit about our own backgrounds, goals, and experiences in painting portraits. It was great fun.

A number of Texas towns were represented. Most of us didn't know each other before we got together, but you wouldn't know it from all the laughter and the relaxed atmosphere that prevailed. We made new friends and considered our first Meet 'n Greet a complete success.

We hope to have another one early in 2010 and hope you can join us. You will receive information about it when details are available.


A Note about our former PSoA Texas Ambassador

Many of you know or know of Perri Sparks, a former Texan who has transplanted to Canada. Perri was our first Tx Ambassador for PSofA. It certainly didn't take her long to find herself in the middle of the art world in Canada. If you check out her website, you will know why. It's fun to keep up with her and I hope you will enjoy perusing her work.


PSoA Texas Member Remembered

Johnnie Liliedahl

Johnnie Liliedahl touched many lives as a full-time painter, teacher,
and publisher of art videos and books.

She conducted workshops across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Most recently, Johnnie won an Award of Excellence in the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Exhibition
as noted in a recent publication of the Quarterly PSoA Magazine and a mention
in the article
"Great Teachers Make Great Artists"
Artist Daily Newsletter October 16, 2009

Her work lives on as her legacy and is available for viewing at



IN THE SPOTLIGHT - Congratulations to our Member Winners!


Sonja Kever


Winner: 3rd Place in Show for "Adam" at the 2nd Annual North Hills Gallery Exhibition in September.
Her portrait "Quiet Expectation" that was featured on the Portrait Reporter Issue 2 was juried into the
Pastel Society of the Southwest. (Dallas area)



Janis Langley

Janis Langley completed her third summer at the Old Sculpin Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard.
Despite the economy, it was her best year to date, with 12 paintings sold during the season, which included
a two-week show in July.



Gay Paratore

"Breakfast California Style"

Winner: Second Place and Cash Award, Professional Division at the Galveston Art League Membership Juried Show for "Breakfast California Style", of her daughter Amber. It was also accepted into the juried open show at The Art Alliance Center at Clear Lake in Naussau Bay and gained her a second place professional in the National Society of Artist's Membership Show.

Her watercolor painting, "Sweet Memories" received one of the top twelve awards at the National Society of Artists 25th Annual Juried Show hosted by the Brazosport Art Center and then went to Houston to win a merchandise award at The Watercolor Art Society of Houston.

Her acrylic painting, "Hot on the Showroom Floor" is featured on the invitation for the current show at The Art Center of Corpus Christi; it was chosen because it won first place on canvas for the previous juried show there.

Gay will be teaching three 6 weeks sessions, multimedia, at The Art Alliance center at Clear Lake starting October 29 and running through the end of April. Gay is the Galveston Historical Foundations poster artist for their Historic Tour of Homes.



Kay Polk

"Mary Cochran Bohls" Colonial Dames Portrait

Commissioned portrait unveiled of Colonial Dames Portrait....retiring President, Mary Cochran Bohls. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________


D.K. Richardson

"Anastacia - Girl With The Golden Hair"

Winner: Honarable Mention at the 2nd Annual North Hills Gallery Exhibition in September for
"Anastacia - Girl With The Golden Hair".


D.K. Richardson was selected along with other pastel artists to have her portraits published in
"Best of America Pastel Artists, Vol. II"
The two volume set is available for purchase through Kennedy Publishing December of 2009.



Terry Starnes

“Reluctant Ballerina.”

Winner: Honorable Mention from the Wimberley Valley Art League (September 2009) for her portrait painting
“Reluctant Ballerina.”


WORKSHOPS - Not Sponsored by PSoA

Still Life: A focus on Accuracy and Depth Perception – Any Medium (Not Sponsored by PSoA)

Hill Counrty Arts Foundation - Ingram, Texas
Taught by D.K. (Debra) Richardson
Feb 16 -18, 2010

This three day workshop will focus on how to get accuracy and the illusion of depth in still life painting.
Students should be at an Intermediate Level with a strong understanding of how to use their medium and
may use the medium of their choice. Instruction will be on how to obtain the elements of accuracy and
depth to make a more powerful painting, but will not have any focus on how to use a specific medium.


Taught by D.K. (Debra) Richardson (click Title for more information) (Not Sponsored by PSoA)

Driskill Hotel - Austin, TX
January 22 - 24

This intensive workshop is designed to help artists overcome their fears and barriers to help them set
a path for success.


Kay Polk - Kay Polk Studio Inc. (Not Sponsored by PSoA)

Email Kay at for additioanl information.

I teach an ongoing class---sort of an Atelier format--- in my home studio for four people, some that drive from Waco and Rowlett on Tuesdays from 9:30 or 10 until 4:30 pm. Students rotate in and out and there is a sub list. It is $150 per day, $600 for 4 classes and $1,700 for 3 months ($100 discount for the 3 month series of classes). Easels and tables, stools and coffee and water are provided. Everyone brings their lunch and it's great fun. Each student works on their own goal plan which includes goals in painting production, marketing, entered competitions, outside study, art history and gallery/museum visits as well as improving their technical and aesthetic abilities.



2009 Members Only Competition

Choose Your Medium
Drawing • Oil • Pastel • Sculpture • Watercolor
Participants are eligible to submit up to one entry per category of their work for inclusion in the Members Only Competition. Top award winners will be chosen for each of the five categories. First place winners selected from each category will receive a limited edition giclée painted of and by Everett Raymond Kinstler, Daniel E. Greene and Burton Silverman. First prize also includes a DVD featuring the demonstration from which the paintings were created, compiled from live footage and exclusively available with this giclée. First place winners will be acknowledged in The Art of the Portrait section of International Artist Magazine.

Entry Fee: $35 per category
Postmark Deadline: December 14, 2009
Winner Notification: January 8, 2010

All work must be your own original design and concept, created independently, completed in the last three years (since July 2006) and never won an award in any previous art competition. Electronic/computer generated or altered artwork, work done in a class, workshop or under supervision is not eligible. The sitter may be a professional model and may be contracted for a painting group or similar, non-classroom setting. Members may enter one work in one or more of the subject categories.Choose your Medium Competition Prospectus

2010 International Portrait Competition


Cecilia Beaux Forum

Click the link above for additional infomation.



Please contact Kathy and me if you can host a Meet-N-Greet in 2010.



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Another way to create visibility for you and your art. They have a wonderful "Print on Demand" feature.

Check out these links... - if you list them on your website - they will add you for free on theirs.

Best of - some beautiful work and very interesting site. They have competitions and publish
the winners in a soft bound two volume book. "Best of America Pastel Artists Vol. II" releases December of 2009.




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