Monday, February 27, 2012
An Excellent Portrait Painting Weekend
I stumbled into a few videos over the weekend by Ben Lentenhouwer, an astounding Dutch portrait painter, that made me take a second look at my painting. I was dissatisfied. My painting lacked depth, gusto, sparkle. I dissected the video over and over--pausing, going back, rereading, observing, then going back and doing it all again, till I had somewhat of a handle on Lustenhouwer's method.
His approach to portrait painting got me excited; I had to try it out. I selected a photograph I took of myself (interesting to me, not because it's laid back and shows me at my early morning worst, but because I liked the look of concentration on my face). Not finished yet, the self portrait shows I need more tutorials and practice, but there were techniques I thought facilitated the process--like rubbing the canvas down with linseed oil after the initial drawing in red colored pencil and acrylic under-painting using what looked like burnt sienna.
If you have any interest, Here's the videos I watched repeatedly over the weekend. And will be rerunning again and again. Go to Ben Lustenhouwser to see the the other four. Google him as well. His summer workshop in France looks like a dream trip.
I preferred this man's videos to the others listed on YouTube; Lustenhouwser's were close ups, thorough and very well made. Note the dowel set up for hanging the photograph abreast to the canvas-- and the mahl stick that looks like it swings over the canvas when he needs it.