Painting the Self-Portrait with Nick Chaundy: Mirrors and Magic

Painting the self-portrait is a good ‘final exam’ for any beginner and an appropriate mile marker for any with years of experience.  As I like to say, you are your best model: you are there when you need you and you work for cheap.  Take all the time you need.

Nick Chaundy’s approach to the self-portrait is practical and complete: using a limited palette, he walked us through the process of an underpainting, an overpainting, and ended with a brilliant demo of glazing and scumbling.  As a teacher, he blends perfectly the time spent doing demos with the time spent assisting each student.

I like to say, “there is magic to the mystery, but there is no mystery to the magic.”  Nick does an exceptional job demonstrating that wielding the magic of painting means mastering the craft.

Many thanks to Nick for taking the time to join us.  Special thanks to Helen, Carol, and Nika for participating.

I hope to have Nick back again soon!

– Tim

Painting the Self-Portrait with Nick Chaundy was conducted at the PADASOR studio from June 19th to the 23rd, 2023.