It's only the second time in my 25 years at the P&C that we've had a show dedicated to one specific model, (the last one honored Steve French), but this one is even better because it has drawn in so many outside artists (6 out of 10 are not members)
It was organized by the model herself, as kind of a farewell to Chicago as she prepares to move to Denver.
When I first wrote this post, the artists involved had not yet been identified, but now I've gone back and posted the names and additional comments in green.
This is one of my favorites.
Felissia has a very outgoing personality - but this shows a more reflective mood.
I guess I shouldn't have been so surprised that Errol painted this. I've always liked his moody cityscapes.
This one is apparently Felissia's favorite -- she uses it on her facebook page. (unfortately it was under glass, and the reflections forced me to crop the above image)
Here's one of my favorites - by Tom Robinson - who has a studio near Chicago and Western where he runs his own drawing workshop. It shows her as a Chicago person.
A nice, simple, quick sketch.
There must be thousands of such drawings in artist sketchbooks all over the city.
I like this one because it feels more like Felissia than any of the others -- though the artist is definitely more of a folk artist or outsider than an academic.
By contrast, here's an exceptional piece that might have been done by a late 19th C. artist like Whistler. It was drawn by Helen Oh, who, appropriately enough, teaches at the Palette and Chisel.
Michael Van Zeyl
Here's a fun piece that treats the subject with great affection.
Here's another artist identity that surprised me - but I guess it shouldn't have, since the face and the body seem to have been painted at two separate sessions, and that's professional portrait portraitists have often worked in the past.
Another fun piece that presents Felissia's athleticism and free spirit.
I really like this one too -- done in that early 20th C. style that owed so much to Cezanne.
Same thing with this one. Are they by the same artist ?
(as it turns out, this artist, the widow of a famous restaurateur, is a friend of Andrew's. Possibly these paintings were made at the same session. But you might note that this face shows some anxiety or sadness, while Andrew's version is expressionless. They both are very good artists)
I'm not sure that precision, rationality and balance characterize this model
-- but it's what Larry Paulsen does best.
This one feels like it was sketched by an explorer on an anthropological expedition to some remote tribal area - the kind of place where Felissia may well end up living.
I'm not sure how well German Expressionism fits this model - but it's fun to see someone try to do it.
Here's the head on the mantelpiece. It's quite good, actually.
Now I'm thinking of Titian.
Obviously this piece was done by Lenin Del Sol - who specializes in illustrating the covers of pulp fiction that has yet to be written.
The accompanying blurb might read:
"The last thing she remembers was meeting the famous comedian at the hotel bar last night. So why is she waking up in his room this morning?"
At first I thought this fine example of Russian classicism came from the hands of Misha Livshultz
Finally -- here's one of my own renditions of that remarkable profile - though it was not included in the show because I was too lazy to frame it.