Why practice portraiture?

The portrait is one of the most difficult exercises in oil painting. It is important to start with a preparatory drawing, either in pencil, charcoal or directly in oil paint.

What does painting in reserve mean?

A reserve is an area not covered with paint, revealing the preparation colour or the primer. The colour chosen during the canvas’s preparation enters into the painting. Here, for example, the coat appears with just a few touches on top of the yellow ochre of this painting's background.

The juxtaposition of colours

To reveal the portrait, the artist works by juxtaposing coloured layers, area after area. The blue of the turban, the yellow of the drape and the white of the collar. It is simply a matter of applying a second shade of each colour to the initial layer to define the different areas.

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