Intuitive Portrait Painting

Every painter has their own methods. Portrait painting can be done within an expansive variety of techniques and approaches. To paint intuitively is to choose between these strategies individually, and employ them instinctively. An artist must be able to adapt to the model, the set up, and be open to exploring new methods. This workshop will dissect a few classic techniques while branching out into more advanced methods. It will include discussions and demonstrations on drawing, palette choice, color, and mixing.

What you will learn in this workshop:

  • Adaptive color mixing

  • Drawing with color

  • Prioritizing thickness of paint

  • Adaptive palette choices

  • Palette knife uses

For the first session, bring these supplies:

  • One tube acrylic Golden Neutral Gray N6 (for priming canvases)

  • 16 x 24” canvas (primed with the grey acrylic)

  • One cheap chip brush for priming canvases

  • Colors: Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Scarlet (red is fine too), Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White*

  • Assortment of filbert brushes 2-10 *

  • Paper towels

  • Painting palette *

  • Odorless turpenoid or gamsol *

  • Two palette knives, small and medium, pointed tip *

  • Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10% discount on art supply purchases.

Additional supplies, which will be discussed at the first session:

  • Three more canvases for each class, primed with the grey acrylic

  • Additional colors such as: Perylene Red (gamblin brand) Alizarin Crimson Indian Yellow Phthalo Green Phthalo Blue Zinc White