Alla Prima Portrait Using the Zorn Palette

Alla Prima Portrait Using the Zorn Palette


Friday, June 14th
Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm
Instructor: Devin Cecil Wishing

“How do you mix flesh colors?”  This is one of the most common questions  students ask.  Often times artists can be overwhelmed by the full array of colors available to choose from when painting from the model.  In this workshop we will explore a simple system for achieving realistic flesh tones using just four colors.

  The “Zorn Palette”, named after Swedish painter Anders Zorn, is one of the most popular palettes for painting skin tones in the academic painting world today.  Using just four tubes of paint, we can achieve a wide range of colors and values to fully describe the forms of the face and the figure.

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 By stripping the color palette down to ivory blackyellow ochrevermilion (or cadmium red light), and white, we can get down to the nuts and bolts of how to adjust our color mixtures to achieve accurate color relationships in flesh tones.

  This one day course will feature a brief demonstration and lecture by the instructor, followed by an opportunity to paint a portrait, directly from the live model.  In addition to the demonstration and lecture, students will receive one-on-one instruction as they each complete their own portrait paintings.  In this class we will also discuss, materials, paint handling and how to go about making an alla prima painting from beginning to end. Whether you are new to portrait painting or are a more advanced painter looking to take your skills to the next level, this will be a great opportunity to push you understanding of color mixing and portrait painting…and it should be a lot of fun too!

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