Watching Margaret Carter Baumgaertner paint a portait is an exciting and inspirational experience.
Audiences who have had the opportunity to witness Baumgaertner paint a portrait, whether at a conference or during one of her workshops, are often surprised by the almost theatrical atmosphere. Loud music, the flurry of brush work, and the palpable energy dominate the beginning of the session.
Each portrait demonstration is different because each subject is different. Every portrait poses different challenges and Baumgaertner shares with the audience how she interprets what she sees, and how to simplify the complex.
Baumgaertner instructs as she paints and is always willing to answer questions. At a certain point however, the questions stop, the viewers become absorbed into the atmosphere, suspense, and anticipation of her next brush stroke. She ends her work with a flourish, a single brushstroke, just as the last note of Flight of the Bumblebee is played. A true master at work!