Portrait Underpainting

I have completed the next step in the painting process, which is to create an “underpainting” that is monochromatic (one color). This is called a Grisaille (pronounced Griz-eye). The underpainting serves as the foundation on which the colors layers are...

Seeking Fame and Success as an Artist

“Fame! I’m gonna live forever.” Or so the lyrics of the song go.  Americans are living in an atmosphere obsessed with celebrity, regardless if they have any real merit to be famous (or infamous). “Fame, for a painter,” said Pablo Picasso, “means...

Being an Artist vs. Making Art

Have you ever heard someone at an art gallery or museum say “I can do better than that” or “My kid in grade school could do better.” These comments are most often applied to modern or abstract works like those of Jackson Pollock, which are often seen as splashes of...