July 15-18 were the dates of my painting workshop at the historic Commander's House in Southtown. The house dates to 1858, originally part of the San Antonio Army Arsenal. I taught an intensive three day course in the art of portraiture using acrylics. Day 1 began with an introduction to portrait painting through Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait and the self portraits of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Kahlo and Gauguin. We talked about proportions and demonstrated how to place the basic facial features before getting into drawing from gridded photographs (the basis from which most of the students built their paintings). Day 2 was color theory; creating a palette using the primary colors and making black from ultramarine blue & raw umber. Students practiced mixing color and blocked out the values in their underpainting. Day 3 introduced glazing, blending and refining the portrait with details. On our final day of the workshop, I took the class outside to the veranda to paint in the open air.
|Ofelia began painting a few months ago|