In this three-session workshop you will learn how to paint a dynamic portrait in oil from a photograph.
The language of the photograph is different from that of painting. In this workshop you will learn the process of how to translate the photographic image into a painting that is much more than a mere copy of the photograph.
You will learn how to accurately block-in the big shape before fixing the facial proportions to establish both your composition and the likeness.
From there learn how to decide upon the dominant color harmony and design thrust in the Ebauche stage. This is the initial coloring-in of the painting that sets the timbre of the portrait.
Learn how to construct value structures to render three-dimensional form and the practice of spotting color notes mix accurate flesh tones that breath life.
Using both the brush, knife, fingers and brush handle you will learn how to exploit the full-bodied materiality of oil paint to create dynamic and expressive portraits with a powerful abstract structural surface (the patina).
The photographic reference will be supplied. If you prefer to work from your own photograph I will need to review it before the course begins.
The Zoom classes are recorded and made available to you so that you can refer back to them again and again.