Portrait Study Workshop with DELADIER ALMEIDA

Portrait Study Workshop
08/16/2019 06:30 PM - 08/17/2019 05:00 PM PT




  • $275.00  -  members
  • $300.00  -  non-members


This upcoming portrait study workshop will explore aspects of single-sitting portrait study. Working directly with the sitter, attendees will learn techniques for accurately establishing composition, scaling, massing and background. I will elaborate on efficient methods to quick and accurate color mixing for a harmonious and direct approach to portrait painting. Become more decisive, fluid, and expressive. Take home an array of new methods and your own success on canvas.

Program Dates & Times
Friday, August 16, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Saturday, August 17, 9 AM - 5 PM


For portrait studies, the recommended size range is between 16" x 12" and 20"  x 16". I make my own linen panels and also use Gesso Boards. The latter are masonite panels primed with a layer of acrylic gesso. Easily found, they are an excellent surface to work on and serve the purpose well.  I rarely use stretched canvas for my figure studies. Boards are easier to transport and store. They are also less susceptible to damage.

The surface one works on is a critical part of the process. It will make the difference between accomplishment and frustration. For that reason, I do not recommend the less expensive and more readily found ordinary canvas boards. They don't offer the surface properties I need for fluid work - they absorb too much and slow down the stroke. In addition, they are mounted on cardboard and thus highly susceptible to water damage.

Toning (optional)
The board can be toned with a transparent light brown or grey veil. It is harder to judge values when comparing the figure in front of you with a partially realized painting surrounded by white canvas. Cutting that whiteness helps you gauge your values throughout the process. One suggested formula for this tone is a mix of burnt sienna and viridian. Thin this mix to a consistency of honey using only mineral spirits or turpentine - no oil - and rub it on the canvas with a rag. Don't worry if you leave marks on the canvas as most of it will be covered by the painting. The important thing is that the veil is totally dry when you are ready to paint.

The first concern should be what white to use. I like white that comes out of the tube soft and fluid. I mostly use titanium white from Rembrandt. Winsor & Newton's Winton line offers a "Soft Mixing White", which is an inexpensive but excellent mix of titanium and zinc. As an all around complete palette, I suggest the following (the brand recommendation suggests my favorites for each color):
- Titanium White, by Rembrandt
- Cadmium Yellow Pale, by Winsor & Newton
- Cadmium Orange, by Rembrandt*
- Yellow Ochre, by Winsor & Newton
- Cadmium Red, by Winsor & Newton
- Alizarin Crimson, by Gamblin
- Transparent Oxide Red, by Rembrandt
- Viridian, by Rembrandt
- Cadmium Green Pale, by Winsor & Newton*
- Cobalt Blue, by Winsor & Newton *
- Ultramarine Blue, by Rembrandt
- Ivory black, by Rembrandt

*  useful but not critical

Intermediary to advanced painters know which brushes work for them. What follows is a recommendation for a starting kit. You should have a basic selection of Flats and Filberts. Get the best quality hog bristle brushes you can afford. My basic suggestion on brushes would be:
#2 filbert (2)
#2 flat (2)
#4 filbert (2)
#4 flat (2)
#8 filbert (1)
#12 flat (1)

Palette knives
I suggest at least one palette knife for mixing colors without having to soil brushes. In addition, I always have a smaller knife which can be used to apply paint.

A convenient medium is a mix of 50% Odorless mineral spirits and 50% linseed oil. Bring a small jar filled with mineral spirits for brush cleaning.

I use either an acrylic or a wooden mixing palette that is around 12" x 16" Paper palettes are also convenient but I don't recommend them smaller than 12"x16".

Final check list
- Easel
- Panels
- Paints
- Brushes
- Upright container for brushes (can or jar)
- Medium
- Palette cup
- Brush cleaning jar
- Mixing palette
- Palette knife
- Paper towel
- Grocery paper bag for your trash (they are ideal as they stay up without a trash can).

We will be working directly with paint, so no additional drawing material will be required.

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