Inspire App on my iPod Touch.

Freehand from a black and white photo.

60-90 minutes.

March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s artist is American Gail Siptak. I couldn’t resist working from a black and white photo of her as a young woman, I’m guessing in the 1970s. I love her paintings filled with communities of people and animals (and plants) hanging on together when life goes askew. I also enjoy her warm palette and the fantastic textiles hanging on walls and wrapped around shoulders in her paintings.

Gail’s flickr imagestream is here.:

She also has a website:

And a blog:

Photos of Gail and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here:…

JuliaWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 100 artists drawing each other! Here’s Gail’s portrait of me from the party. If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: