Peter Edward Green
So you are thinking of having a portrait painted of yourself or a loved one. Where do you start, what’s involved? Have you considered the process? When someone sits for a portrait they are not sure what is expected of them. We are all so used to people taking photographs that we can just shrug it off. But a portrait, even if it is a photographic one means we are being observed very intensely .This can be quite an unnerving experience. There is an element of expectation and unknowing. How will I be seen . We all have an image in our head of how we view ourselves. So to expose that view to scrutiny can be challenging, exciting and enlightening. It is said that no two people see things in the same way. Well among artists it is very obvious that approaches to art are many and varied.
Each Artist has a particular way of working; some work only from life others only from photographic reference. I like to work from both, as it gives me and the sitter the ability to be flexible. I also feel the results are better if I have met the person whose portrait I am doing. That said, I am always willing to try to use your own reference photos if the circumstances of the commission warrant it.
If you wish to have the experience of sitting for a portrait then contact me