There is no substitute for painting from life. An accomplished pianist will say, "When I miss a practice, I can tell the difference. When I miss two practices, you can tell the difference." It has something to do with eye/hand coordination and muscle memory. That's why it's important to paint regularly from a live model. At Southgate Studio in The Factory at Franklin, Tennessee, portrait open studio painters meet every Monday to paint from life. Many local portrait painters have trained their eye and improved their skill through these practice sessions. Here is a recent four hour sketch.
Posted on 07/28/2015 6:00 PM by Jean Gauld-Jaeger
Weekly Portrait Painting to Improve Skill
Nothing helps maintain and improve any skill like PRACTICE. This model has posed for Southgate Studio's Portrait Open Studio in Nashville, Tennessee many times. He knows that we painters need practice painting many different types of models. He tries to alter his appearance each time for our benefit. For this session he chose a "biker" look. This is the first time that I painted a portrait of someone who was wearing sunglasses. It was more challenging than I thought it would be. The difference in value between the dark glasses and the dark shadow they created was very difficult to discern. I will try this again sometime and see whether or not I can improve differentiating those two values better than I have done here. At least I learned that this difference in value is very important and should be given a lot of attention.
Posted on 07/23/2015 6:30 PM by Jean Gauld-Jaeger
Fun at the Nashville Portrait Workshop
Another exciting Portrait Painting Workshop here in Nashville was completed in January. Students concentrated on painting a portrait in the traditional representational style. This is my painting of John Cranshaw, our model. I call it "All Hat and No Horse". There will be another workshop focusing on painting portraits in oil to be held sometime this Spring. Watch this blog or the Tennessee Art League web site for details.
Posted on 07/16/2015 9:14 AM by Jean
This portrait of Richard was done in 3 hours at the Paul LeQuire and Company Gallery in Nashville, TN. He was a wonderful model and I enjoyed painting him.
Posted on 07/14/2015 10:10 AM by Jean
Portrait of Emmett
As a Nashville portrait artist, I have discovered that it is difficult to sit still for 20 minutes at a time and to do that for 6 hours is impossible for a young person. Emmett at 14 was okay about photographs but not oil portraits from life. His grandmother provided the photo and we painted from the photo in the recent Portrait Workshop at the Tennessee Art League. There is no substitute for painting from life. Having experienced painting from life makes it possible to paint from a photo and to understand what adjustments are necessary.
Posted on 07/08/2015 10:09 AM by Jean