I'll be teaching a Portraits Workshop here in Toronto with the Willowdale Group of Artists. I'm really looking forward to it.
Here's the description -
with Nora MacPhail
In this workshop we will explore an approach to portraits using an easy-to-remember way to block-in. This method includes using measurements for finding facial features, as well as using comparisons to find a likeness. Common mistakes and how to improve them will also be reviewed. No more struggling with egg heads and wonky eyes. ; )
I will do demos using photographs. Artist will be doing lots of drawing (bring your sketchbooks!) and we will be painting with watercolour.
CONTACT ADELE - firstname.lastname@example.org
MEDIUM - Watercolour (and Drawing Materials).
PHOTOS - Bring your copyright free reference photos of adults (no children - those measurements are different). Try to find photos that are close ups of the head and shoulders with contrasting lighting. I will bring extra photos for participants to work from.
Bring painting supplies you like and what you’re used to. Materials list is attached.
$60 - 6x8" original gouache painting on grey paper
Update - this painting is hanging in a show for the month of February.
It was wonderful to paint from life today.
Lately I've been working from photos (from the awesome app 'sktchy') and it's a great way to learn. Taking that information and applying it to painting a live model has been the best way for me to progress. Back and forth, from photos to life... so far it fits!
I think I caught the calmness of this fellow artist!
$60 - 6x8" original watercolour painting I think with all this oil and gouache painting, my watercolours process has changed. I can't quite put my finger on it, still mulling it over, but I certainly want more completion and depth from watercolour. Thick paint gives volume immediately so, I guess, I'm trying to 'flesh out' (pun intended) my watercolours. Here's the charcoal drawing before painting. : )
$60 - 5x7" original watercolour painting with 8x10" mat I loved painting her eyes! And this time I added some greens to the shadows, instead of using purple as I often do. Here are two more photos, including the original charcoal sketch on newsprint. Check out my Instagram account for even more!