I am very excited to announce that my new website is up and running. And, as you can guess, so is my blog. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic I am now teaching my classes and workshops online.
Today, The New York Times published an article about a new installation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum here in New York City.
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.
Contrary to popular myth, I consider black to be an indispensable and versitile color which I utilize wherever and whenever I deem it most appropriate.
Artists have worked from photos for over a century and a half so you think the nay-sayers would get tired already and just shut up.
By now everyone in the universe is familiar with the controversy surrounding the first official portrait of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.
These are the four ingredients former anyone looking to achieve success in life.
So here I sit, putting the finishing touches on my inaugural run as a commuting portrait painting blogging iPad Mini user.
It got me to thinking. What have some of our other nation's leaders said on the subject of the arts?
The art that’s most interesting to me is when the artist has something real to say. It doesn’t need a significant concept.
I always tell my students, “Portrait painting isn’t brain surgery, it’s much more difficult.” Not that learning to be a portrait artist isn’t a terribly daunting task.
To me a portrait painting is a giant conundrum waiting to be unraveled. My approach to coming up with the best answer is hierarchical, going from large to small.
When analyzing the work of great master painters, like Anthony Van Dyke (above), we can see that breaking the so-called rules had the opposite effect.
Repetition is the evil step child of rules. The technical term for this is boring. The point of being an artist is creativity. The death knell tolls when artists mimic themselves, consciously or not.
outside of a sadist or a bully who would derive pleasure from making someone cry? The obvious answer: a portrait artist.
"The most confusing part of painting is mixing color." How many times have you heard that?
What's the point of creating paintings that look as though they were painted a hundred or more years ago?
Praise may make you feel better, but learning to see mistakes will make you paint better. Only by finding out what doesn’t work, what needs fixing, or what’s out of kilter, can you can hope to improve.
When the meter is running how is it possible to create great paintings? I'm afraid I can't buy that the best strategy for a long, satisfying and lucrative career is churning out substandard work.
Sometimes people's expectations can really throw me for a loop, so I consider this post to be my first public service announcement.
The key to true mastery of anything is understanding its essence. So the question is what is the essence of painting?
I have, over the course of my 40 year career as both a professional artist and educator, come to certain conclusions, many of which I will be sharing during the course of writing this blog.
Today's post marks the two-week anniversary of Brush Aside–time flies when you're having fun. I thought such a significant event was just cause for some serious self-reflection and a wee bit of celebration.
Here is the Rembrandt Self Portrait (detail below) I referred to in my discussion about Herman Doomer.
Yogi Berra said, when you come to a fork in the road…take it. Forks are just a folksy way of saying it's time to choose. Life is a series of choices.
When I look at a masterpiece I very rarely concern myself with the technical aspects. I’m much more interested in the thinking process behind the painting.
Since the methods the authors of painting books professed seemed so clueless, I did the exact opposite of what they said.
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.