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An Oil Portrait Demo in 4 Parts with Katie O’Hagan

Katie O’Hagan walks us through this oil portait demo in 4 easy-to-follow steps. ~ 1. Starting with the Eye: As usual,  I start with the eye. Prussian blue is a recent addition to my palette; I use it mainly when painting the white part of the eye, which requires the tiniest amount of the...

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Pastel Portrait Demonstration: Tips on Painting from Life

Portraits have plenty of challenges on their own, and painting from life can add even more variables. Keep reading for tips from artist Brian Keeler as he presents a pastel portrait demonstration to a group of students! “There’s this…system of thirds, which I refer to a lot. Start with that idea of thirds, and then...

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Christine Swann | The Stories Behind Portraits

Artist Christine Swann paints portraits that tell the stories of subjects of every age and gender, each one a subtle narrative that glows with a careful mastery of the pigment. Her pastel, Determined, for example, is a painting of Swann’s son that took shape as he painted beside her on his own little easel....