Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Portrait Painting Demonstration

As part of my closing reception at Transformations Gallery recently, I had the great honor of holding a portrait painting demonstration for a small, intimate group on Sunday March 24th.  The demo was in the style of an alla prima painting and was approximately 2.5 hours long.   The study demonstrated an academic approach to portrait painting which is primarily used in various academic artist institutions such as the Art Students League and the New York Academy of Art.  The method is widely taught and is a quick sculptural approach to capturing the essence of the sitter.  The final result is more of a finished sketch than a polished and highly rendered painting.  Included below are selection of photos from the evening at different stages of the painting.  Thank you.

Billy Seccombe

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