Here are photos of a corporate portrait painting created in pastel.
To start a portrait there are many decisions to be made even before anything is started. Things like: how much of the figure will be included in the portrait, the background color, the subject's pose, clothing and overall composition.
The first step is always drawing for me. I sketch my ideas out and work within the client's chosen size of the portrait.
For this portrait commission I was asked to create an upper torso/head and shoulders portrait. I sketched my final drawing onto the sanded pastel board. When working on a pastel painting, I usually work top to bottom because of the fall of the pastel dust. It is much cleaner that way.
To protect my hands from the abrasive texture of the sanded board and to keep them clean, I wear gloves.
For the skin tones there are many layers and many additional colors added to create subtle nuances in the complexion.
Finishing up the jacket.
The completed portrait!
I love to sing the praises of my students!
Classes offered are Pastel Painting, Oil Painting and Drawing.
Here are progress photos of student's work in pastel, oil and charcoal/pencil.
Beautiful pastel paintings!
Oil painting in progress. Gorgeous color!
Here is a graphite & charcoal drawing getting some finishing touches.
I am so proud of all my students!
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Wow! An art lesson at the Saint Louis Art Museum was a unique opportunity and treat for my drawing students! As an art teacher my hope is that my students have fun while learning! So I arranged a visit to the Prints and Drawings Study Room. Visiting the Study Room was a rare occasion to get a close look at Master work dating back to the 1700's! From there we went on to the main galleries to create sketches from two Zorn portraits. We all had a blast!
17 works on paper were chosen from the Art Museum's collection. Many of the works were unframed, matted only, and amazingly, not under glass. Magnifying glasses were supplied for closer inspection of the beautiful marks and details!
St. Louis Art Museum
The Prints and Study Room
was a pure delight to us all!
We saw works from Ingres, Renoir, Childe Hassam, Berthe Morisot and others.
Beautiful pastel by Mary Cassatt
Pastel painting created in 1753 by Maurice Quentin de la Tour
Etching by Anders Zorn
Questions answered by the Study Room Manager, Heather Hughes, were so helpful!
From the Study Room we sketched from the Anders Zorn portraits.
We divided up between the Zorn portraits, Lucy Turner Joy and Halsey Cooley Ives. Mr Ives was the first director of the St. Louis Art Museum.
Sketching Lucy Turner Joy by Anders Zorn
To top it off we gathered for a delicious relaxing lunch at the Museum's Panorama Restaurant!
What a perfect day!
As an art instructor, it is my hope to share my excitement for drawing and to create fun learning experiences for my students.
We definitely will be visiting the museum again!
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