Tag: Portrait Painting

From the Dominican Republic by Scott Burdick

Show Some Skin…Er, I Mean, Paint It!

For a Good Portrait Painting, It’s a Must! I remember when Mr. Nemerow, my very enthusiastic freshman biology teacher, launched into what, looking back, I’d best describe as a full-body fit about how the epidermis is our largest organ, accounting for the most real estate on our bodies. Even now I shudder a little bit…

Self portrait with pipe by Gustave Courbet.

Can You Name the First Realist?

Gustave Courbet: The Rebel of the Romantic Movement Learning the details of an artist’s life–the drama, the struggles, the mundane–can make their history and contributions to art really come alive. Gustave Courbet’s life fits that bill. I loved discovering all the details of how he was heralded as a rebel of the Romantic movement and is…

Sun Umbrella by Mary Whyte, watercolor painting.

Art Isn’t About Pretty

Mary Whyte’s Portrait Art Tells Our Stories, Powerfully Some artists interpret the nature of beauty quite narrowly. It’s physical and defined in very specific terms. Not for me. Beauty is more complicated, faceted. I’m inspired by stories of real people — their character, personality and unique walks of life. That’s what makes the kind of beauty…

Shah Jahan, Remembrandt | Shorthand Drawing Techniques | Artist Daily

The Shorthand Drawing Style of a Certifiable Genius

Rembrandt Was Brill. Drawing Tutorials That Show You Why… Okay, I don’t even know how to certify a genius, but I know I am right about one thing: Rembrandt was one. The greatest of the great Dutch masters, Rembrandt made art that was a revelation then and now. That goes for his paintings, of course,…

La Carmencita by John Singer Sargent, oil painting, 1890.

Oil Painting Lessons From John Singer Sargent

Why Not Learn from an American Master? I try and shy away from describing art in bombastic terms. It can become a slippery slope of flowery language with no real takeaways. But when I’m studying the works of no less than John Singer Sargent, phrases like tour-de-force and mind-boggling just sort of slip out. I…

How a Stranger Becomes Your Model

Recently on Facebook, a friend asked how he may approach women about posing for him without sounding like a creep. I enjoyed reading the responses, which varied, in the spirit of Facebook, from “I long to have your curves on my canvas” to “Have your business card and smartphone ready with images of your work.”…

Moon Walk by John Hulsey, pastel painting.

Ever Hear of the Purkinje Effect?

Have you ever noticed when you are plein air painting how the colors of objects look so radically different in the very low light just before dawn or twilight? Take a red rose, for instance. We know that the flower’s petals are bright red against the green of the leaves in daylight. But, take a…