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David/ Portrait of Bella
With an insightful voice over, David guides the viewer through this considerate portrait. Ambient conversations are also included, which is entertaining as well. As this oil portrait painting is of one of David’s favorite models, he starts slowly to allow the full quality of the model to make its impact. This is when he sees the artistic possibilities. It is this time of contemplation where the concept for the painting is discovered. As David says, a good painting is partially the artist and partially the model.
The reason David cautions against working too quickly is because rushing can only produce something known, something you’ve already done. If you want to create something new—and not simply an illustration—the artist must pay complete attention to the subject.
David shows how everything in the painting is important! Reality is not set in stone—it bends to the will of the artist. David starts with shadow, being conscious of the design of the painting, not concerning himself with the likeness of the model.
By teaching after-the-fact, David is able to give his full attention in the moment of painting. He stresses the sensitivity to air in a painting, the murk that weaves its way in and around the subject, giving a feeling of reality. Working this way allows you to improve with every painting. If you listen to the painting itself, it tells you what it needs.
David starts the light, but develops it fully in Part 2.