In this 2 1/2 hour demonstration David will reveal his process of capturing the expression of his subject. Each decision will be discussed as he methodically develops the likeness of the model. The model will be painted from life under natural light using classical techniques.

Bio: David Gray’s initial art education at Pacific Lutheran University (BFA) has been strengthened by continued independent and occasional formal studies in pictorial expression and oil painting. The resulting work reveals a personal and contemporary expression of beauty and order which pays homage to the Classical Tradition in its craftsmanship. In addition to his well known signature style, David is also currently exploring a more contemporary sensibility in recent works.  David’s award winning paintings have been covered by major art publications including Southwest Art, Art of the West, and American Art Collector.  David also teaches several workshops per year in portraiture and still life painting throughout the United States and abroad.

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Preview for Portrait Painting From Life with David Gray.
Portrait Painting From Life Interview | David Gray 00:41:00
Interview with David Gray.
Section 1
Portrait Painting From Life | First Pass 00:15:00
The first light tonal pass will begin with locating landmarks. Time will be spent finding the right gesture of the model.
Section 2
Portrait Painting From Life | Big Shapes 00:28:00
Value marks will be placed to help locate the big shapes. Using a large brush will help avoid being distracted by small details. The background will be filled to put the full composition into perspective.
Section 3
Portrait Painting From Life | Chiseling The Features 00:20:00
Time will be spent mixing colors to find the accurate temperature. Lighter values on the face will be filled in using smaller brushes to turn the smaller forms in the face.
Section 4
Portrait Painting From Life | Warm & Cool Colors 00:20:00
Cool and warm color shifts will be added to the smaller areas of the face to develop form. For a naturalistic look the dark areas will be kept with a warm temperature; and the light areas will be kept cool.
Section 5
Portrait Painting From Life | Small Shapes 00:26:00
Once the canvas is adjusted to avoid glare from the skylight, the brush strokes will be adjusted and edges will be softened. The smaller forms in the eyes, nose, and mouth will be developed further.
Section 6
Portrait Painting From Life | Clarity vs Obscurity FREE 00:22:00
The organization of the palette will explained. Time will be spent adding clarity in the focal areas, and keeping non focal points obscure.
Section 7
Portrait Painting From Life | Final Decisions 00:14:00
Decisions will be made on which edges to keep soft or hard. Final impasto marks will be made and finishing touches will be added to the face area.

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