March meeting featured the artistry of Tricia Kaman, a well
known Cleveland artist, demonstrating The Pastel Portrait.
She is especially known for her oil and pastel portraits, although
she also loves doing the occasional landscape, still life or floral.
Her art has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has
garnered numerous awards. We thank Tricia for a mesmerizing
evening of art.
were 36 members and seven guests in attendance, who sat so quietly
at times that you could have heard a pin drop! We also thank
her assistant, Riki, for coming early to set up all the gear and for
being an excellent model for Tricia’s pastel portrait.
As an introduction to her work, Tricia started her presentation with
a short video interview from her exhibit at the Agora Gallery, in
the center of New York City’s Chelsea Art district. Her
well-known oil painting, Brenda's Miraculous Medal, was
exhibited there. Tricia says that she sees the essence of the
painting in her head and in this painting Tricia certainly captured
that....Brenda, a police officer, in a relaxed state of meditation.
Tricia went to the Cooper School of Art and the Cleveland Institute
of Art, where she studied under Joseph Cintron. She has been
painting professionally since 1974. For the past 27 years, she
has had an art studio in the Schoolhouse in Little Italy. Her
show at the Ursuline College Gallery just ended in February, where
she exhibited 60 pieces of art. Tricia then said,
“Painters must speak through paint, not words, so enough words!”
She started her live model portrait demonstration.
uses a sanded tone canvas. The rough surface allows her to
build layers and the toned color allows her to judge the values.
She likes to close one eye and create a rectangle with her hands to
get the composition. She begins the line charcoal sketch,
leaving more space on the side the model is facing...a rule of
thumb. She puts in big shapes and gestures first, not worrying
about the details. Working with angled lines, not
curves, she defines the relationship between the head, neck and
shoulders. Then, she placed the eyebrows.
Tip....turn the head one way or another, not square on.
Her understanding of anatomy and bone structure helps. She
likes to work from darks to light....Joseph Cintron taught her
well....darks first! Then, she moves to add the lightest
light, using her fingers to blend the color. She squints a lot
to better see the values...another tip. She was taught to
‘trust her eye’. It will take her another 3 hours of work
before this portrait of Riki is complete.
When asked how she became interested in doing portraits, she told us
that she used to paint and sketch at amusement parks in the summer.
Having lived in Sandusky, she worked at Cedar Point and later at
Geauga Lake. Tricia and her husband started “Kaman’s Art
Shops”, 47 years ago, which hires artists for theme parks.
They have two children who are artists - an architect and a
theme for the evening's refreshments was St. Patrick’s Day or
everything ‘green’... We thank our hosts, Mary Ann
Gambitta and Lee Peters. We enjoyed many delicious
treats...Irish soda bread, Lee’s famous spinach dip, kolacky,
shamrock and pistachio cookies, veggie tray....we hear that young
Jaden ate all the broccoli off the tray! Many people requested
the recipe for the Irish soda bread....that Mary Ann made, using the
recipe Sandi got from her friend Jenny! This recipe is
over 100 years old and came straight from Ireland.
here for the recipe.