Monday, February 21, 2011
The three elements of a portrait
There are three attributes to a successful portrait:
Good likeness of the sitter
Original and personal interpretation by the artist
And finally and most importantly, the painting has to work as a good painting, irrespective of whether or not the viewer knows the subject.
Tonight we had a model for one long pose. I did a careful drawing and started washing in colour and then it was time for our pause. Sipping a cup of tea, a newspaper clipping of a Modigliani hanging on the wall caught my eye.
The wonderful simplicity inspired me to scrub off the paint and quickly sketch in this painting.