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Monday, June 06, 2016

Sitting as a portrait painting model

My mentor Gregory Smith did an awesome portrait demo this evening. 

Watching his painting develop is always a fascinating experience. Well, especially when you yourself is a model. 

His dogged pursuit of true visual experience direct from life is legendary. As a tonal realist painter, he has always been trying to move up to the next level. 
And after seeing his recent works, I think he is now entering another, higher level of creativity. 

Just see how he works. 
Starting from nothing but a dark stain in a canvas, no initial drawings at all, great piece of art emerges almost by itself, as if, waiting to be discovered by Greg. 

This man is great. Not only as an artist, but as a teacher. 
It's a privilege to have an opportunity to learn from him. 


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