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Artist Arlene Whiting
Almost a Man
I am a representational artist By that I mean I use color and drawing to represent natural elements. I paint from live subjects. A typical portrait required three 3 hour sessions. The portrait “Almost a Man” was done as a demo for a group of artists. It went very fast (a one hour pose) with a fidgety, uncomfortable but still adorable 16 year old grandson.I begin with the “idea” of subject matter. I design the skeleton of the painting by placing acrylic light and dark covering the entire surface, using large shapes. I then darken darks and lighten lights with oil colors, gradually drawing out the subject – being careful not to loose the initial design and the suggestive quality (looseness) of the original effort.I always loved to draw and was inspired by my teacher Joe Mugnainni at Otis Art Institute, who taught me to draw movement, jesture and to always be aware of structure. I earned my BFA from California College of Art (Oakland) in 1976.I still enjoy taking workshops from my favorite artists, usually in Scottsdale. Those artist-teachers that I have found most inspiring are Jean Henry, Don Hatfield and Mark Daily. The books by Dan McCaw and Richard Schmid have been very useful.
My awards include the following:1st Place Painting, Ehrman Art Show, Lake Tahoe Award, 19th Annual Statewide, Santa Rosa,Featured Artist – Wildlife Gallery, The Barnyard, CarmelPurchase Award Riverside Art Museum,!st Place in Painting, Reno Humane SocietyCurley Art Collection, “Breaking Free” –
Featured artist – Mediterranean Olympics 2004Award of Merit in painting “Spirit Dance”- California State Fair 2007Award of Excellence “Pow Wow” -, California State Fair 2008 Award of Excellence “Springboard Diving” – National Museum of Sports, Indiana University, 2011I am represented by the Richardson Gallery in Reno.