Friday, March 25, 2011

Looking at portrait painters...

Let's look at other portrait painters and their use of COLOR and VALUE

Sargent, and American 19th & early 20th century painter, is a great source for his use of brush strokes and rich flesh tones. See more of his work here...

Od Nerdrum is another artist, who mimics Rembrant. His work is strange, yet BEAUTIFULLY painted!
See him here...

How about Margaret Bowland? Amazing control and emotion! See her here!
 How about Caravagio? the Italian master!

And others? soooo many to see check out this portrait site too!

Thursday, March 24, 2011


We have been working on painting the face an head. The Mighty Rembrandt is our inspiration for these "classic" styled portraits. Here are samples of the "underpaintings", created with Burnt Sienna and white. After working through the struggles of organizing the features, their size, location and shapes, THEN students are going to add color. By painting right over the underpainting, they can match the VALUE of the color with the value of the underpainting. We are using a limited range of colors (earth tones, pthalo blue, crimson, cadmium red) in response to the "old school" style of the masters.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

David J. Eichenberg's use of "Focus"

Look how this (talented) painter uses sharp and soft edges to make areas of his work go "out of focus". The result is a powerful illusion of depth. Try this in your next project...
Jade (at the rehearsal) Oil on canvas, 2011

See more of his work at this link...

Friday, March 4, 2011

Photos of the Cloth study set up

Here's a picture of the cloth set up in our room for you to paint...