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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....

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Painterly People | Carol McSweeney Watercolor Portraits

The watercolor portraits of Carol McSweeney, which she describes as “carefully and sometimes deceptively loose,” convey the artist’s fascination with the human spirit and the unique beauty she observes in people. McSweeney is passionate about getting to know her subjects. “It’s educational for me to meet and hear about their lives and then create a piece that...

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Watercolor Portrait Demo: LeAnn | Mario A. Robinson

Esteemed portrait and figure painter Mario A. Robinson uses a monochromatic block-in to achieve  light, medium and dark skin tones. Follow along as he creates a medium skin tone for his watercolor portrait of LeAnn: I painted LeAnn using a cool light to illuminate the subject. The light cooled the warm tones of the skin, as well...