Tag Archives: portraiture

Painting pleather

My reference photo for my current painting is extremely low-resolution. The husband’s suit was a standard dark-blue wool, which presents no real challenges. The wife, however, was wearing black wool. It acted like a black hole. Nothing appears in the photo but the silhouette. I spent Monday attempting to create an outfit for her out of […]

Death of an artist

Laura Miner is an art historian at New York University. We were lamenting the death of painter Nelson Shanks this week. Shanks taught at the Art Students League and the National Academy. Although I never studied with him, I was certainly familiar with his work. Nobody can question his ability, his discipline, his drafting or […]