Merops Iphikrates

This is a 36"x60" oil painting I just finished. I was kind of pleased with it, because I've painted this model four times, and even though she's just a wonderful model to work with, I kept messing up her face; this is the first time I feel like I've gotten her face right. In the last painting, I got really close with her hair and the velvet I had her wearing, but I messed them both up too, in subtle and frustrating ways. I thought the hair and velvet improved with this painting as well. Go figure – practice helps.

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About Daniel Maidman

Daniel Maidman was born in Toronto, Canada. He was raised in Toronto, Jerusalem, Washington, and Chicago.

Since attending college in North Carolina and Texas, Daniel Maidman has lived in Los Angeles and New York City. In Los Angeles, he set himself on a program to learn how to draw and paint the human figure. He attended life drawing workshops 2-3 times a week for eight years. As well, he spent two years working on an anatomical atlas based on human cadaver dissections in which he participated at Santa Monica College, under the guidance of Dr. Margarita Dell. Illustrations from his atlas are currently in use in the United States Army’s forensic field manual.

Since moving to New York, Daniel Maidman has sped up his painting schedule, while continuing to maintain his drawing skills through life drawing workshops at Spring Street Studio. Although he remains primarily self-taught, he has learned a good deal about color from conversations with Adam Miller.

Daniel Maidman’s other interests include filmmaking and writing.