PADASOR Courses in Painting and Drawing Start Again September 14th, 2017

Space is limited. First come, first serve.

For details, or to register, please visit our Courses page.

New Courses Start February 4th, 2016

Figure drawing starts Thursday, February 4th; portrait painting alla prima and advanced painting start Saturday, February 6th.  Reserve your place today.  In addition: you are invited to join me for a free lecture on Saturday, February 6th at 15:00.  For all details, please visit our Courses page.

Summer Portrait Painting in Louisville, Kentucky

It was really good to be home in Kentucky this July to spend time with my parents and a plus that I could do some portrait sessions with neighbors Geetha (the painter) and Remy (the model).  My thanks to the both of them. (Photos below by family resident star photographer, Dad.)

A note to those who were on the trip to Rocca Calascio this past summer: I tried a birch wood panel for this portrait and have found it much more to my liking than I did the wood panels that we had used.  I should also note that I did use a primer on the wood panel that was oil-based and not acrylic.  Determining if that in an of itself made the difference will require further experiments.

In Puglia as I write this.  Looking forward to returning to Rome and starting yet another season of PADASOR.

I’m hoping to post the schedule for Fall 2015 by the end of August, so stay tuned.

Finally, if any of you were in my Figure Drawing class at the end of the Spring session in 2014, you might remember a girl from Sweden named Saga (In fact, if you were there, I defy you to forget her).  I’ve just posted to my own website and look at the two nights I had last year to paint her portrait.  I invite you to have a look.



Registration Now Open for Courses Starting February 2015

Find out more on the website.  If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I hope to see you in the studio.  Tim

The Many Faces of a Portrait

In the Spring of 2014, the focus of Saturday morning’s portrait painting class was a series of three portraits with the model Andreina Mehtab.  Each began with a study of a sphere using multiple layers of paint over a varying ground color—one the natural color of the canvas, one an Earth orange mixed from Venetian Red and Terra Gialla and the last a darker ground—a process that was then repeated for each portrait.

Two truisms emerged:

  • Sometimes the start is much better than the finish;
  • Sometimes the time allotted is not enough time to finish, especially when you’re struggling to surpass what was a great start.

The gallery below shows a start and subsequent evolution.  There is a simplicity and economy in the start of the portrait that is lost over time.  The one benefit to a promising start is that it may inspire you to keep pushing.  It did for me, and, at the end of the course, I brought Andreina into my own studio to try and bring the work to a satisfactory conclusion.  This too proved to be more of a challenge than I had anticipated… but good to revel in the fight as much as the result.

You can see the final result on my website.