Atlanta Portrait Artist Demo – Day 11 Demo

Fifth and Final Demo

Today I completed my demo painting. Not as refined as my portrait commissions, but a very good representation of my process, none-the less. It was a day of small touches, complete with many subtle hue and chroma shifts. First I worked on the hair and background, followed by the face, then the jacket and finally the last little facial adjustments.

Tomorrow my students will complete their paintings. I’ll be returning to Atlanta next June to lead another Portrait Artist Workshop at Binders Art Supplies and Frames.

As often as the painting changed it’s appearance, so did the name for it. It turns out that our model, Annie Jefferson, and I are both irrepressible punsters. First we started with Anne Maria, her official given name. Since Annie is a trained opera singer we went with Little Opera Annie, switched to Little Awesome Annie, and finally settled on Little Morphin’ Annie.


  1. Mary Beth Lumley says

    This turned out beautifully, Marvin! It’s amazing what you accomplished in the final day. Impressive, to say the least. I hope the students’ pieces all came together today as well – I believe you just wrapped up. Another successful workshop completed… Congratulations to All!

    • Hi Mary Beth. Thank you. Everything went very well. Great progress was made by all. The jpg doesn’t really do the demo any justice. When it dries I’ll varnish it and reshoot it in better lighting. Then I’ll post it again.

  2. Beautiful Marvin, as always. I love looking for the subtle changes asking myself, what did he work on from this image to the next image, sometimes it so subtle it’s like “Wherer in the World is Waldo”!! Joking aside, your subtelty is where you magic lies, little strokes, small changes in hue, etc. and she starts to breath. Can’t wait to see your final photographs. Glad the class went well for you and the students……It has been an education for your blog devotees as well. 🙂

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