My Favorite Thing to Paint

Dan (by Andrea)
Oil on linen panel • 10"x8" • Available
(To inquire, email
While Andrea and I studied at Pensacola Christian College, our all-time favorite art course was Figure Painting with artist-in-residence Brian Jekel (view his work here). The class met for two hours each Tuesday evening to paint a clothed model from life. Each model would pose for two consecutive weeks, and we were not permitted to work on our paintings outside of class. The limited time-frame and complex subject was a unique challenge I found exhilarating. Soon, creating portraits from life became my favorite painting activity. In fact, I loved it so much, I elected to take the class three times!

After Andrea and I graduated, we greatly missed painting people from life as often. When we moved to Missouri, we dreamed of one day opening our studio for group life-painting sessions. Thanks to my industrious mother, who almost single-handedly prepared our studio, we were able to host our first session last September. We've been meeting every Thursday night since, and the response has been wonderful. It has been a joy to paint people from life again and to meet such great new friends.

Our sessions are open to all Kansas City area artists. If you would be interested in joining us, please visit our Facebook Group here and click "Join Group." Click the "Events" tab to see a list of upcoming sessions, then select the one you'd like to attend. If there are 10 or fewer people coming (our comfortable max), click "Going." Please send me a private message on Facebook for directions to our studio. We ask everyone to bring a portable easel, supplies and $6 for the model. We look forward to seeing you!


Our Painting Group

Just a few of our painting buddies
(Click their names to visit their websites)

L to R: Crystal Manning, Wanda Greene,
Polly Plain (back), Eileen McCoy,
Andrea, me, Ryan Delgado, Peggy Wilson

A Few of Our Thursday Night Paintings

(Many more paintings and photos from our sessions can frequently be found
at Peggy Wilson's blog and Greenverdugo Art's Facebook page.)

Daniel (by Andrea)
Oil on linen • 12"x9" • Available
(To inquire, email

Micah (by Adam)
Oil on gesso panel • 12"x9" • Available
(To inquire, email

Judy (by Adam)
Oil on gesso panel • 12"x12" • Sold

Matthias (by Adam)
Oil on gesso panel • 12"x12" • Sold

Bo (by Adam)
Oil on gesso panel • 16"x12" •
In a private collection

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  1. Thanks for sharing, Adam.

    I just joined a group in my area and started life drawing for the first time in my life. I normally paint landscapes and have never done portraits nor figure studies (outside of a little studying from How to draw comics the marvel way).

    So far, I'm having fun. I'm using graphite and white multipurpose paper, 9" x 12". The two sessions they've had so far were a lot of fun.

    For me, I've yet to figure out how to more accurately draw faces, but the human forms are coming out better than I thought I could do, but the faces aren't very good.

    I'll have to try to just study the head and do some portraits during the sessions.

    Anyways, just wanted to say thanks for sharing the info and the paintings. I'll have to try to paint the portrait and the figure at some point. But until my drawing skills improve with the pencil, I'm not ready to try it in oil though that is my ultimate goal.

    Thanks again!

  2. PS. Really enjoy "Judy" as a portrait. The lighting and sparkle in the expression really is moving. Well done!

  3. Thanks, Robert. I just visited your blog, and your drawings are great! I would not have guessed this was new to you. An incredible resource that I'm learning from right now is Andrew Loomis's book "Drawing the Head and Hands." His books are public domain (as far as I know), and can be downloaded for free here:

  4. an amazing gift you have within, it is fun to watch, maybe to learn but I doubt it. Nice little read, look forward to more.

  5. Thank you so much, Greg, and the same goes for you! Hope we can paint together again sometime soon.


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