Finding models for a composition is always a challenge. A lot of people prefer to use photographs. One of the issue with photographs is that the light is flatten and equalized and you don’t see the variations of the values or the colours of the skin.
I prefer painting from life. This means that I will ask a “model” to sit in my studio or attend one of the many workshops in the Tampa Bay area where you get the chance to draw/paint from life.
I tend to go to a workshop session at Treasure Island Art Guild which takes place every Friday morning from 9:30 to 12. The model sits for 20 minutes followed by a 10 minute break.
As you only get 2 ½ hours with the model you need to work fast to capture the essence. This method of painting is called Alla-Prima (at first attempt).
In this posting I will take you through a portrait that I did recently which will be displayed in the upcoming Emerging Artists Exhibition.
See you soon.