I love learning about artists!...You may have missed this artist in art history class!
A painting by Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City, MO
Recently, I had a fun trip to the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. It was a great way to spend a winter's afternoon! For encouragement and inspiration I visited this beautiful painting by Elisabeth Vigee LeBrun! LeBrun was a Royal Portrait Painter, traveling Europe, and painting nobility. She was at the TOP of her profession; certainly no starving artist!
LeBrun was friends with, and painted many portraits for Marie Antoinette at the Palace of Versailles in France. She was the most famous woman artist in Europe, painting more than 600 paintings in her career. Le Brun exemplifed success and resourcefulness in an age when women were rarely allowed either.
Portrait of Marie Gabrielle de Sinety, Comtesse de Gramont Caderousse (1761-1832)
Artist, Vigée Le Brun persuaded (the sitter) Marie to forgo powdering her hair for this painting, wishing to show her ebony black locks. This was a radical departure from the powdered hair usually worn by women of court and the privileged classes.
Thought I'd share with you a little bit about how I approach my oil painting for a portrait. I like to start at the focal point, which for a portrait, is always the eyes.
Just as I approach my drawing by shapes, I tell my drawing students to notice shapes and to draw the shapes. In painting I do the same and attack the focal point the same way, looking for the color shapes. (Please excuse the phone pics)
Apply the color shapes one next to the other. Where the color shapes meet, blend softly.
I paint wet-into-wet one section at a time.
It is helpful to lay in some color in the background that can be used to softly create "soft" or blurred edges while the paint is wet. Some edges should fade or gently blend into the value of the background.
Glazes are added to brighten the color of the cheeks, nose and ears. The middle part of the face has more color in it than the top or bottom the face.
The white of the eye is never white, only the highlight will be white.
For Marie Donato's Oil Painting Classes offered - click below.
A constant love of mine, and an almost lost love, is oil painting, but I am happy to share with you now, that OIL is back in my repertoire and I am loving it!
This portrait commission painting was the catalyst to get my can in gear. Such an adorable face was my challenge! I was so taken by the quality of her soft, young, porcelain-like skin. I knew that achievement would be the goal as well as captivating those beautiful blue eyes.
You may be wondering why oil painting seemed almost lost. Well...when I started my professional painting career my art studio was directly off my bedroom. The problem was a practical one, using oils and turpentine or mineral spirits then - was quite smelly. There are much improved products available now.
So I went the watercolor route for my career, then followed by adding pastel painting. I have enjoyed teaching and sharing what I've learned in both watercolor and pastel.
Oil painting is once again in my studio and I've since added oil painting lessons to my classes offered. Learn more about my art class information page.
MISSOURI ATHLETIC CLUB SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR PORTRAITS 2016 & 2017
To honor each recipient, the MISSOURI ATHLETIC CLUB has a portrait drawing created of the Sports Personality of the Year.
As a professional artist, I am thankful and honored to be creating the Sports Personality of the Year Portraits for the MAC!! Thank you very much to the Missouri Athletic Club for giving me this opportunity.
Vladimir Tarasenko MAC Sports Personality of the Year 2016
Since 1970, sports fans have been gathering at the Missouri Athletic Club to honor the annual Sport's Personality of the Year. The MAC Sport’s Personality of the Year Dinner, was created by Jack Buck who acted as Master of Ceremonies for the first 32 dinners. The event is now in his name.
The list of some past recipients are: Bob Gibson (1970), Whitey Herzog (1982), Jackie Joyner-Kersey (1988), Brett Hull (1990) and Kurt Warner (2000)... to Vladimir Taresenko (2016) and Yadier Molina (2017).
VLADIMIR TARASENKO MAC Sports Personality of the Year 2016
YADIER MOLINA MAC Sports Personality of the Year 2017
Drawing the Figure on Toned Paper Drawing Fall Session 2017 Fridays, October 6 - November 10 10:00 am -12:00 noon 6-week session $175 model fee shared Contact Marie to Register Award winning artist, Marie Donato is offering a figure and portrait drawing class with a live clothed model at OA Art Gallery in charming downtown Kirkwood. The address is 101A W. Argonne Dr. 63122
Because drawing from life is always the best, this session we will have a live clothed model to create our drawings. We will be drawing on toned paper, using black and white charcoal. This method will help you greatly with understanding value.
Using toned paper instead of white paper helps you to learn how to get your values correct, getting your darkest darks and lightest lights. This technique is centuries old going back to the Renaissance.
Marie will help you with design and composition, seeing values and shapes to help you get a likeness, and handling of edges to complete and refine your drawing. With individualized one-on-one instruction, Marie will guide you through to completion of your drawing, meeting you at your own level and bringing you to the next level and beyond.
So set aside relaxing time for yourself and be inspired in the art-filled OA Art Gallery, located directly across from the Kirkwood train station. Aspiring, beginning level artists to advanced level artists, are welcome! Learn about the beauty of drawing, how drawing is the foundation of all art and how it can stand on its own as a beautiful medium in its own right!
Join Marie's Fall Drawing Class as she shares the techniques and tips acquired over the years, and discover the joy of just creating! Drawing Fall Session 2017 Fridays, October 6 - November 10
Been having FUN! I had the good fortune to study with Tina Garrett in her studio in Lee's Summit, MO. Tina is a fantastic instructor, very warm and gracious! Learning from and spending time with, other artists is always a good thing. When I had the opportunity to study with Tina and squeeze it into my own teaching schedule, I "seized the day". Doing something for me, to expand my horizons was long overdue! Sadly the time just went too fast!
But Good News! I have invited Tina to give a workshop for my students and anyone else who loves to paint people. I will be hosting her workshop in April, 2018. Contact me to register.
Tina Garrett Workshop Info
Hi Artists, I have the opportunity to bring artist Tina Garrett to teach here in St. Louis.
Tina is an Art Renewal Center ARC Associate Living Master and multiple award winning painter. You can see samples of her work at www.tinagarrett.com and below. She is available to teach here April 8, 9 & 10, 2018 9am to 4pm daily. The sign up fee, which you would pay to me, is $75 to cover model costs, etc. The workshop fee would be $300 per person paid directly to Tina on or before March 1st 2018. All fees are non refundable unless Tina cancels.
To make sure everyone has plenty of room and plenty of time with Tina there will be only 7 spots available total. Thank you for helping me bring Tina to St. Louis! Best, Marie
P.S. I’m also looking for three models to pose for Tina’s morning demonstrations and again in the afternoon for the group to paint them. Models will pose for their head and neck portrait taking breaks every 20 minutes and have an hour lunch from noon to 1pm. Models are paid $10 per hour and will earn tips from the group painters. Please let me know if you are interested in modeling.
Starting Methods for Beginning Portraiture with Tina Garrett Sunday - Tuesday, April 8, 9 & 10, 2018 Tuition: $300 plus $75 model fee(All levels) All levels are welcome to participate in this comprehensive study of oil painting starting methods with ARC (Art Renewal Center) Associate Living Master, Tina Garrett, including, open grisaille, accurate color wash, and Tina’s favorite, selective start. Students will learn to understand form, value, temperature, edges and composition as well as color mixing. She will demonstrate how to control your palette for accurate values and color and provide insights on posing the model, lighting and painting materials. Tina will demonstrate from the live model each morning and assist artists individually each afternoon and will share her philosophy on painting from photographs vs. painting from life.