Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day 141

Mug Shot, 4 x 4 inch oil on panel
© 2012 Kathleen Coy

One of the things that Karin Jurick is known for is her incredible four inch square paintings of mugshots. We each got to paint a mugshot at her workshop from a photo she gave us. I learned SO MUCH from this one painting. It was actually very fun, and I definitely want to paint more - it's a great exercise in painting faces. Last year, the workshop participants painted mugshots of each other and even made a blog (and a book) of them all, and I'm happy to report that we're going to do it this year, too! I'm really looking forward to painting "mugshots" of everyone in the group, it will be such a great way to remember our week together. 

Before we began, Karin did a mugshot demo, and once again I was in awe watching her work. Here is her finished mugshot, painted in about 35 minutes:

Karin's mugshot demo. 4 x 4 inches.

One of my favorite things during the week was watching Karin paint a dog. Not just any dog, but her terrier mix, Joey. My life is now complete. 

Demo painting by Karin Jurick of her dog, Joey. 5 x 7 inches.

You can see all of Karin's mugshot paintings here. (Or all on one page here, if you don't feel like scrolling through a blog.) I highly recommend checking it out, they are incredible.


  1. Your mugshot is fantastic, Kat! You've captured his expression perfectly, with a wonderful range colors in his skintone.

    1. Thanks, Linda. I'm always amazed at how many colors there are in skin.