Portrait Society of America day 2

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The first full day of the conference began with morning opening ceremonies from Edward Jonas.  He had the sad news of asking for a moment of silence in remembrance of The Portrait Societies co founder Gorden Wetmore.

This was followed by a demo with Michelle Dunaway and Susan Lyon called, Two Points of View.  They were posed on either side of the same model.  It was fascinating to watch the two wheel their talents in such different ways as hundreds of us watched.

Tom Edgerton and hundreds more watch this great demonstration.

Susan Lyons beautiful demo.

Susan Lyon’s beautiful demo.

Michelle Dunaway truly captivating.

After lunch there was another demo with the legendary Burt Silverman.

 Out to dinner with friends.  Tonight we are at the Cirus center in downtown Philadelphia for dinner.

Eating with friends Sam Robinson and at Circa in downtown Philadelphia.



I really love my job.  It’s so great to be with artists.   They look at everything from a completely unique  perspective .


Shelli Alford is an artist and author, who enjoys learning from master oil painters from around the world and reviewing their classes, workshops and demonstrations.

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  1. glenda

    February 9, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Dear TA (and you are the TA in my art appreciation class),

    I have learned so much from following your stories and meeting the artists who capture your interest and imagination as you develop your own gifts. Thank you for letting me audit your course. I rejoice not only in the gift of your artistic talent, but in the open heart that allows us to share your delight in the gifted artists you discover. Thanks be to God!

    gg in Austin

    • Shelli Alford

      March 15, 2013 at 4:58 am

      Wow, thanks gg! Very sweet of you to say. I must admit it’s not really a job if you love what you do and I sure do.

  2. mookiemu

    February 9, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Beautiful, I loe Susan Lyon’s work.

  3. mookiemu

    February 9, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Meant to say I love Susan Lyon’s work.

    • Shelli Alford

      March 15, 2013 at 4:55 am

      Ricky, I love her work too. Her edges are incredibly soft. I should find out if she gives workshops. When are you going to give one?

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