Chaïm Soutine: Painting from life, portraits of everyday people
Using interviews with contemporary artists as well as considering the remarkable portraits of normal working people by Soutine this resource shares a range of approaches to painting from life. Rather than aiming for a realistic likeness emphasis is placed on how artists might use paint to explore a particular aspect of the human form whilst consideration is also given to the unique role of the sitter.
Suggested practical activity:
Ask someone in your household to sit for you for 15 minutes. You might want to ask them to wear a particular outfit. Don’t try to create a finished artwork, paint directly onto your paper and aim to convey something of their personality.
Alternatively, choose one detail of their form that really inspires you and make that your focus. You are not aiming for realism.
After 15 minutes ask them how it felt to sit for you. Maybe you could swap places.