Monday, February 6, 2012

Great Falls Workshop Demo


Armand Cabrera

This little profile was painted on the last day of my three day workshop in Great Falls Virginia over the weekend. The class was a studio class and we had 15 people in the workshop. Everyone worked hard and hopefully came away with some new ideas for improvement.

Every day I tackled a different subject for the demos. I wanted to show that the process I teach and the color palette I use works with any motif. I limit my demos during class so students get more painting time. This was a one hour demo with some touch up at home to finish it. I usually finish things in one sitting but demos are a special circumstance and sometimes I feel the need to finish them when I’m home.

The Recruit 12x9 oil on linen


Jason Peck said...

Hey Armand,

Thats a awesome portrait! Great lighting. I love the drawing in this one. Did you start with a line drawing, or large color masses, the right shape and size, that you later drew into?

Paint Well, Jason

Unknown said...


Thanks for asking. I started by making a loose drawing with a big brush. I then blocked in the shapes as flat areas of color and then modelled them and corrected as I finished. I used a limited palette of warm and cool primaries, viridian and white.

billspaintingmn said...

Hi Armand,

This looks great. Was this done from a model, or photo?
I saw your post on painting a landscape. It's helpful to hear how you approch the canvas. Thanks!

Unknown said...


Thanks for asking. It was from a photo.

Aubrey said...

Looks great! -I love the tip of the nose that is highlighted/not in shadow.