To all my loyal readers. In recent years I wrote my weekly blog post about many topics, related to the world of portrait painting. My intention was to create of source of information where everyone could find something to his liking. Occasionally a personal story. 333 posts in all those years. Lately I realized that […]
Portrait painting is not easy. It takes a while before you can make a acceptable portrait with a good resemblance. You know what I mean, if the intention is to paint your mother, you really want her to look like it. Not a painting of just a woman, no, it must be that woman. Your […]
Portrait painting business: Above an image from long time ago when I just started my career as a commissioned portrait painter. For those who would love to do portrait painting on a commission basis, once again, I want to give some advice. The most important thing I must say is: Make sure you’re good enough. Portrait […]
There are countless ways how to start a portrait in oil. I have already made a video on Youtube with four different options. Three of these are based on copying a photograph in one way or another. Aside from much appreciation, I also received considerable criticism on this video. Most negatives come down to the fact […]
The Fiestas of San Antón are my favourite Chelvan festivals. With all people from the neighborhood we make big bon fires and eat and drink until late at night while music and processions come along. On Sundays we make a big paella and that is what I’m working on at the moment. Later this afternoon […]
Portrait painting from photography, what do you need to know? The portrait all the way at the bottom is painted from a live session. Based on this portrait I will show you what are the pitfalls in case of portrait painting from photography. (Below: after a live session I always make a photograph of the […]
From a sunny Chelva I wish you all a very good start of 2018. May all your wishes and dreams come true this new year. That you may paint a lot, and that you may be satisfied with the results. And all of that in good health. That is my wish. Greeting from Chelva Spain.
Clearing the attic These days, around the end of the year, Helma and I are busy clearing the attic. The plan is to make large cabinets with plenty of storage space. I am already looking forward to the carpentry because it has been a while since I have held a saw, hammer or chisel. The usual […]
How about your artists´signature? Maybe a bit of a weird subject but not unimportant: Your artists´signature. Often enough you see something strange in one or another corner of a painting: too big, to obvious, too clumsy, too sloppy, etc, etc. A signature conveys your intention. You are proud of what you have made and that expresses […]
Portrait painting techniques Based on some portraits that I am currently working on, I explain some dos and don’ts in portrait painting technique. Of course I have to say my 10 dos and don´ts. So to say my painting style. Portrait painting techniques I 1. The two skin folds around the mouth, I make them lighter in […]
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