I have developed, what I believe is, a new and exiting way to paint in the Alla Prima style that goes far beyond the typical shoot-from-the hip-approach.
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.
Marvin Mattelson offers a more logical approach to painting than the typical dogmatic route of following rules.
I'll be leading an intensive 5 day drawing workshop starting Monday July 13, 2020. The purpose of this workshop is to transform the way you think about drawing and making art.
This coming August, I will be teaching my annual two-week portrait workshop at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
First of all, I wanted to share my latest commission with you, a portrait of Robert Cripps, the retiring Chairman of the Board of Velcro Industries.
I'm proud to announce that this week my August oil portrait painting workshop, "Portrait Painting: The Real Deal", is featured on the School of Visual Arts' Continuing Education home page.
This summer I’ll be teaching two workshops at the School of Visual Arts in New York City: a five-day portrait drawing workshop and an eleven-day portrait painting workshop.
To me it's pretty obvious what's missing: a strategic picture making mentality that goes way beyond copying, which I rarely see in contemporary realism.
Just to give you some sort of indication, this painting is Marvin Mattelson's latest workshop demonstration.
Painting is a function of problem-solving; the key is understanding how to control pictorial space on a flat surface. Every situation requires it’s own unique solution.
I decided to pose some deeply probing questions to myself so that potential students could get a better idea of why they should sign up today.
Rita Mae Brown has stated, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
Studying with me will not only teach you the technical aspects of painting but transform the way you approach painting altogether.
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.
I recently completed the above portrait painting of Fang Fenglei. It's a great honor to be chosen to paint such an exceptionally successful gentleman.
I'll be teaching two classes this fall at the School of Visual Arts. Each class focuses on both Figure and Portrait Painting and runs for eleven weeks.
My classes are for artists of all levels, from beginners to advanced. My students' progress is unfathomable, compared to what you see in other classes and workshops.
On Tuesday September 10, my portrait of Wil de Hollander, the recently retired CEO and president of Velcro Industries N.V., was unveiled.
Today I completed my demonstration of Megan. I followed the same procedure as the previous day's demo, but focused on smaller and more subtle nuanced shapes and transitions.
Today, was the beginning of the end, or the phase I refer to as the initial finish later (AKA the refinement layer).
Today I laid in the color in a logical and methodical way and even had time at the end of the day to start the edge handling.
I spent the day explaining and demonstrating my procedure for the wash-in, the painting's foundation layer (see above). My mantra: work large to small. Below you can see the steps I took:
Tonight, January 11, 2013, I'm being interviewed by Kate Snow for the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.
On the final day the plan was to modify color nuance, intensity, edges in order to further develop the solidity the forms:
Today was my next to last demo for the August Portrait Artist Workshop at the School of Visual Arts.
Today, August 9, I laid in the color over my wash-in underpainting during the second demo for my New York City Portrait Artist Workshop.I love brushing in the color.
My New York City Portrait Artist Workshop at the School of Visual Arts began on Monday August 6. Below is the progression of my underpainting on the first day of my demo.
What a chilling thought! This is my final workshop for 2012, so if the Mayans turn out to be right, and the world goes poof on 12/21/12, you're out of luck. Y
Today I completed my demo painting. Not as refined as my portrait commissions, but a very good representation of my process, none-the less.
Today I continued to develop my demonstration painting. I started out by oiling out the painting. First I scumbled over the skin and then began to restate my flesh colors.
My demo painting is moving along very nicely. Here is the progression as I built up color over the umber wash-in under-painting during my initial color lay-in, this past Thursday.
Today I started a two-week portrait artist workshop at Binders Art and Framing in Atlanta. This is the underpainting phase of my workshop demo–the first time I’ve ever posted one in progress.
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.
outside of a sadist or a bully who would derive pleasure from making someone cry? The obvious answer: a portrait artist.
I will be returning to Atlanta for my annual two-week workshop at Binders Art Supplies and Frames in the fashionable Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta GA.
In every class I teach, everything is fully demonstrated and thoroughly explained. The above drawing is a detail of my workshop demonstration drawing.
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.