A Portrait Study

   Over the last few weeks, my appetite for Figure drawing and for Portraiture found its way back to the studio…

  After months longing to find a proper subject and hardly having the motivation to paint, I felt the urge to revisit some of my previous studies and do more advanced work. I used as well a bit of time to dive into old films, videos and books about the masters I admire – being able to specify why I love their works or what attracts me towards specific pieces may as well be a way to help me in finding WHAT I want to paint – (I amassed an impressive collection of Art books over the years, but somehow always end in diving into two great masters retrospectives : Rembrandt and Lucian Freud – looking at their works, interest turns into fascination). 

After these sessions, I have two learnings : First, I want to use Portraiture or Figure drawing to crystalize some of the feelings I get from observing the world. Either doubts or faith in Human beauty, emotions, I would use a subject – maybe unconsciously – because I know it will help me to revisit my thoughts. Knowing this, I need to be more selective on the way I select my models, who, what I paint, probably get out of the usual pictures and models photographs I can find, but rather work with my own sources. Second, I need to do more on each piece and with more honesty – give more work, take more risks and give more time, more dedication to observing and crafting my drawing thoughts. 

More to come on this subject… In the meantime, I was focusing on this model, this time with pastels (I did a charcoal drawing of the same model by the past). She is looking forward, with intelligence and gravity.

I added all the main steps to the finished painting. Here we go : 

Portrait Study (51X51cm)

A Portrait Study – Pastel

Published by pierremeuriceart

Fine Artist

2 thoughts on “A Portrait Study

  1. super! de mieux en mieux! plus de consistance! celui là dépasse les autres même si j’ai adoré les “bleux” des mois d’avant.
    Catherine Chikh de Marseille

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