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MORE PORTRAITURE and lessons in Portrait Painting!

      I have mentioned in the past that I am studying portraiture and have taken the Bargue course in accurate drawing. It has certainly paid off for me!     I just finished a portrait of a close friend with her pet duck.  That may sound odd, but when I add that this duck was her ambassador to young children, it adds a new dimension.      I say "was" because the duck "Duddles" recently passed away from Avian flu.  It was very sad because Duddles was loved by everyone who ever had the opportunity to meet her. She was very personable and friendly!  She loved to sit on mama's shoulder and groom her hair or just be held in her arms and petted.      One of my favorite stories of Duddles is this: when the pandemic started a large group of friends started making masks. (they were not readily available commercially at the time)  Duddles had her own pink mask complete with painted lips that I made for her. She was willing to wear this mask for photo opportunities and mad

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