New York Portrait Artist Workshop Demonstration – Day 2


Yesterday I demonstrated my procedure for mixing up the colors on my palette. Today I laid in the color in a logical and methodical way and even had time at the end of the day to start the edge handling. Next up: the refinement stage. Below you can trace my steps, starting with the drawing correction and finishing up with the complete coverage of the underpainting.







Until next time…


  1. Michael Cooley says

    All I can say is you my brotha is DA MAn!!! You are a fabulous painter. This is a true testament that if you want something bad enough, you will do what it takes to get it. I recall you saying you thought you would not be able to paint well early on. I have to say, you’re one of the best painters I have ever seen shy of the masters of the past. Youre as good as many of the master and some you surpass. Im more than proud I was able to learn from you and will do all I can to study with you next year.

    Michael Cooley

  2. Great demonstration, thank you so much for sharing. Besides reading this blog and keep asking for your video (:), or even asking how likely a workshop in Europe will be…how would you recommend a beginner like me to start – with little baby steps? Which books you can recommend? Or what daily exercise?

    • I would love to do a workshop in Europe, but I’m not connected to any schools I’m waiting for an invitation from a reputable venue.

      It’s hard for me to recommend books because I invariably disagree with either some (in the best case scenario) or none (in the worst) of what they say. I like Harold Speeds books, on fundamental l principles, the most, but I don’t like his specific approach to painting. Those offer some good ideas. Hope that helps. My favorite book is Jan Vermeer of Delft by Philip L Hale.

  3. All little bits help of course, thank you for the book recommendations.

  4. This is a beautiful painting Marvin, I love the color variation in the face and the green really complimates it. Thank you.

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