The Self-Portrait from Life: Examining Rembrandt
The self-portraits of Rembrandt are a treasure trove of economy, expression, and oxygen. Embark with me on an expedition to paint a self-portrait in the style of Rembrandt. (Hat not required, but recommended.)
Using a mirror, we’ll block in a proper composition and likeness with a limited palette. As we build the painting, special attention will be given to his indirect process, including his use of the ground, control of values, and manipulation of color temperature with scumbles and glazes.
As part of our project we will also reserve an area of the canvas to experiment with various pigments and impasto.
By the end of the course we will have a finished portrait.
I insist my students use Michael Harding paints. I’ve used his colors for over two decades and his are easily one of the best paints on the market. In order to make it easy for students to try out these paints without requiring a significant investment, I offer all of the paint you will need for an additional fee of €30.
Medium: Oil and Solvent
I will provide you with linseed oil, Tintorsetto (odorless solvent) and a medium holder at no additional charge.
Brushes and Brush Holder
It is best to have an assortment of brushes: flats, rounds and filberts, with some made of hog bristle, an others, synthetic. Once you have had some experience, it is worth adding some sable brushes to your collection.
To ensure proper care of your brushes, I strongly recommend a brush holder.
I will provide you with a glass palette to use while you are in the studio.
I recommend a size that is at least 50 x 70 cm. That will give us enough room to create a good composition + some extra space for experimentation.
Please bring with a worn t-shirt to cut up for use as a rag.
For further details, please download the Materials list.
Terms and Conditions
A non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.
There is no reimbursement for absences, nor make-up lessons.
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Video Highlights: Painting the Portrait in Oil
The above video is the time-lapse of a painting I made during a course I ran online in the Fall of 2020.
Meet Your Instructor:
Timothy Joseph Allen
Founder and President of the Association of Social Promotion A.P.S. PADASOR (acronym for the Painting And Drawing Art Studio Of Rome), Timothy Joseph Allen is an American professional painter who has been living and working in Rome, Italy for over twenty years. He began his career in 1992, earning a BA in Studio Art at DePauw University and an MFA in Painting at Indiana University, Bloomington in 1998. He has also been teaching at The American University of Rome since 2006.
His medium is oil on canvas and his style and subject matter are principally inspired by the Renaissance and Baroque. Of special importance to his process is painting from life: “I enjoy painting most when the presence of the subject and the limit of time combine to bring a sense of urgency to my analysis, intuition and performance.”
In recent years his work has been pre-selected and/or selected in several international competitions including the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Mod Portrait competition at the MEAM museum in Barcelona, the Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition in Barcelona, the World Wide Kitsch online painting competition, and the BP National Gallery Portrait Competition in London.
To understand best what Tim can teach you, please have a look at his paintings and drawings.
If you would like to take private lessons with Tim, please follow this link.