Friday, August 11, 2017

Paint like Modigliani!

"Woman with Red Hair"  1917
"It is your duty in life to save your dream." ~ Amedeo Modigliani

We wanted to paint portraits, but not in the usual way. We wanted to try something different - something that didn't involve capturing a perfect likeness. So we learned how to create our portraits Modigliani-style!

Amedeo Clemente Modigliani was an Italian Jewish painter and sculptor who was known for his unusual elongated faces and figures. Tp aint in his style, we divided a 12" x 18" paper into 1/4 sections for our proportions. Then we used black oil pastels to draw the main shapes, and soft pastels for the skin tones, hair, clothing, and other details. The best thing about this medium is that we could blend the flesh tones to include many different shades, tints, and colors, as well as in the hair and the fabric of the subject's clothing. I think you will agree, the results were stunning!

Modigliani became ill and died in 1920 at the early age of 35. Had he lived longer, he would likely have made many more wonderful contributions to the art world! 

"When I know your soul, I will paint your eyes." ~ Amedeo Modigliani

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