Calling all painting students! I am excited to announce my upcoming Online Portrait Painting Workshop, which takes place this next weekend, on January 28 & 29. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced painter, my class will help you develop your skills and create beautiful, lifelike portraits.
As an experienced instructor, I will guide you through the process, teaching you techniques for capturing facial expressions, skin tones, and other details that make a portrait come to life. Plus, you'll get to paint from video and/or photo references from models, allowing you to practice your skills with real people. Sign up now and take the first step in creating stunning portraits you'll be proud to display.
As it so happens, I am offering two In Person Portrait Painting Workshops as well. These will involve painting exclusively from live models and hands-on instruction from me. These dates are:
Rockville, Maryland. February 25-26. | Learn more here & sign up
Alexandria, Virginia. March 25 & 26. |. Learn more here & sign up
The ability to paint portraits is a powerful tool for several reasons:
1. Emotional connection: Portraits can capture the likeness and emotions of the subject, which creates an emotional connection between the artist, the subject, and the viewer. This emotional connection can be used to tell a story, convey a message, or simply capture a moment in time. 2. Technical skill: Painting portraits requires a high level of technical skill, as it involves accurately capturing the likeness of the subject, as well as the textures and colors of their skin, hair, and clothing. Developing these skills takes time and practice, but once mastered, they can be applied to other forms of painting and art. Personally, I find that the more realistic one can be, the more surrealism can be attained in one’s work (which is a personal goal of mine!) 3. Self-expression: Painting portraits is a form of self-expression for the artist. It allows the artist to explore their emotions, thoughts, and feelings and express them through art. 4. Cultural and historical significance: Portraits have been used throughout history to document important figures and events. They can be used to represent individuals, families, or even entire cultures, and they can be used to tell the story of a particular time and place. 5. Personal development: Painting portraits can be a great way to develop self-discipline, focus, and attention to detail. It can also be a therapeutic and meditative process, helping the artist to gain a deeper un
derstanding of themselves and others. Especially when starting off, you will find those models can be prohibitively expensive. Painting self-portraits can aid in giving you unlimited practice hours. 6. Professional development: Portrait painting is a great way to showcase the artist's skills and can be used to build a portfolio and a reputation in the art world. It can open up opportunities to sell artworks, commission, and be part of an art exhibition.