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Painting Portraits From Photographs
Painting Portraits From Photographs

Sat, Mar 25



Painting Portraits From Photographs

Learn how to paint a portrait from internationally-renowned portrait artist David Goatley using reference photographs.

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Time & Location

Mar 25, 2023, 10:00 a.m. PDT – Mar 26, 2023, 4:00 p.m. PDT

Ladysmith, 444 Parkhill Terrace, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1V6, Canada

About the Event

In this workshop, we will explore the positives and pitfalls of painting from photographs. David will give a simple overview of how to take the kind of photographs that work best, what to look for in a reference picture and what to avoid. He will provide a sample photograph for everyone to work with on Day 1 and a choice of photographs students may like to work from for Day 2. Students may also opt to bring a good 8.5 x 11” head and shoulders or head and hands print of a photograph of their own that they’d like to work from. Through demonstrations and hands-on guidance, David will help you develop your initial drawing, understand the proportions to look for and the techniques you will need to turn your image into a painting.

Recommended Materials List (You May Work in Oil or Acrylic, as Per Your Preference):

  • A free-standing easel
  • A palette (the largest paper tear-off palettes are good)
  • Pots for medium
  • Quick Dry Medium (for water-soluble oil)
  • Water-soluble oil paints or acrylic paints (your preference): Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Light, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Rose or Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian Green, Raw Umber, Ivory Black, Light red or Terra Rosa
  • Suitable brushes - hogs hair or synthetics – from a good small (size 2) brush up to a large brush (about an inch across). Also, a small round brush for fine detail.
  • A stick or two of willow charcoal
  • Supports (canvases, boards, etc.): 2 at 16”x20” panels or similar


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