ONE DAY ONLY! Five professional portrait artists from the prestigious Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists set up their easels for LIVE portrait sketches outside the entrance to the Greenwich Arts Council/Senior Center building. As a special addition to the Arts to the Avenue celebrations sponsored by the GAC, these classical realists will sketch with charcoal, sanguine or oil paint in a series of half-hour sittings. Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn about this classical art form. Come to Greenwich on May 21 and sit for a while!
by Sam D'Ambruoso
by Jeanine Jackson
Graphite on Paper
Oil on Canvas Board
Portrait artists often sketch from life
as an important exercise in preparing formal commissioned works. Unlike street artists one might
find in a piazza or at a craft fair where drawing often begins with the eyes and other fine details, CSOPA members generally use classical techniques and work "large-to-small." The likeness is secondary to the overall pattern and design that emerges from large shapes and value patterns. Thus, a half-hour sketch by one of our artists may not appear complete, but it will capture the gesture and overall character
of the sitter.
Be sure to ask CSOPA artists participating in
Arts to the Avenue about their regular commissioned portraits, portfolios, and price lists.
CSOPA gratefully acknowledges
the Greenwich Arts Council for their kind invitation to join in their Arts to the Avenue festivities.
Our members will be back in Greenwich during the month of February with a portrait festival, Faces of Winter 2006.