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The May/June 2024 issue of PORTRAIT PAINTER is video heavier than usual. The focus is mixing flesh tones, the theory and practice. Flesh tones are a major stumbling block for the beginning portraitist. All too often the portrait 'chalks out'. Too much white. Not enough chroma. Even the palest sitter's skin tone is much darker than one would suppose. There are innumerable approaches to mixing flesh tones. Some good, some bad, a few excellent. Once you find a compatible process, master it and then adapt it to your needs and voice. The beginning artist is well advised to spend as much time on mixing colors as they would painting. With practice that will soon change.

Creative Process discusses the Elements of Contrast and their utilization in my painting Sarah.

The July/August issue of PORTRAIT PAINTER will be released on June 25, 2024. Back-issues are $27. You’ll never want to miss getting it free!

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Rembrandt Self Portrait at age of 63

Painting Dynamic Flesh Tones: A four session Zoom course

My next Zoom class features Rembrandt's Self Portrait at Age of 63, 1669

Begins Tuesday, July 9 to July 30, 18:30 - 21:00 PST

This four session workshop focuses on rendering cool/warm interpositions of flesh tones and the abstract structural surface. i.e., brushwork and patina. Rembrandt was a constant innovator throughout his career. In the workshop you will learn how to construct a stable paint surface mixing calcium carbonate (available at most art stores) and adding egg yolk to your medium to create a rich depthness to your painting.

The workshop includes both the Zoom recording (sent out within an hour or two after class) and a few days later the ultra-HD (2K) video download which is your's to keep.

Fee: $320. Limited to six participants.

Write: michael-britton-workshops@artacademy.com for the full syllabus, supply list and to register.