I had them framed so I could (a) hang them in my house and (b) submit them to the student art exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I just found out yesterday that they have been juried into the show.
Yesterday, I also met with an artist named Richard Halstead. He's quite a well-known portrait artist, whose work is hanging in the National Portrait Galllery in Washington, D.C. He teaches classes in his studio about 35 miles from here. The artist I met in July suggested I look into taking lessons with him, so I went to see him and showed him some of my work. He was very encouraging and thinks that I am ready to enroll in his classes. (I wanted to know if I needed to brush up on my basic drawing first.) So starting September 12, I will be taking a nude figure class with him. Since I'm still such a beginner, he suggested that we modify the class a bit, so for the first term, I won't be drawing the whole model but will work on more manageable projects like a facial portrait.
I am so psyched.
P.S. Just to let you all know, I'm trying to catch up on reading your blogs. My schedule has been crazy here. I'll get to you all eventually. I promise.