I make it a point, whenever the opportunity would arise, to check out original art by the painters I admire the most: like Bouguereau, Gerome, Monsted, Paxton and DeCamp.
An escaped inmate bartered his portrait painting skills to get an unsuspecting guard to smuggle in tools used to break out of Clinton Correctional Facility.
To this day, when a student takes anything I’ve told them and manifests it in a constructive way, I get a tremendous sense of satisfaction.
Drawing is the backbone of all representational art. J. D. Ingres said, "Drawing includes three and a half quarters of the content of painting... Drawing contains everything, except the hue.
This past Saturday I did a portrait painting demonstration for my class, alla prima style, to show the students how I paint oil studies of clients.
This summer, regardless of whether you paint with broad strokes or great refinement, if you study with Marvin, you will learn how to take your work to the next level.
A lot of artists seem to feel that they will somehow magically figure it out all on their own. I know I did. Problem is, you can't get there from here!
Marvin Mattelson is an award winning portrait artist and educator with over 40 years experience as a professional artist as well as a member of the faculty at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Marvin teaches virtual painting classes to students around the globe. You can read Marvin's biography, commission him to paint your portrait, find out more about his teaching or start a dialog by contacting him directly.