The art of portrait

The art of portrait painting in oil colours

This informative book on portrait painting has been preserved for generations and fully deserves to to be available to all portrait artists online. While the art of portraiture has moved on, much of what was written is still valid and relevant to the modern day portrait painter.

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The limits of our little book have compelled us to treat with brevity many matters which might have been considered at great length ; but as the work is addressed to those who possess a very slight knowledge of portrait painting, or it may be none at all, we have confined ourselves to precepts simply practical, in order that the progress of the student may not be embarrassed by theories which would be wholly unintelligible without a certain amount of practice. By the processes recommended the most beautiful results may be obtained, and we believe the palettes proposed for the flesh painting to be equal to any that can be given. It only remains for us, therefore, to recommend to the painter perseverance and industry; it was a maxim with Sir Joshua Reynolds that with such qualities every degree of ability may hope for some success.







About John Payne

Pet Portraits     Art for sale - oil paintings

I’ve been a professional portrait artist for the last 12 years but have been painting for a lot longer . I started out by painting nothing but seascapes and still do the odd one from time to time , I then moved onto landscapes and wildlife paintings before I finally decided to concentrate on portraits.

I get commissioned to paint a lot of pets , mainly dogs – but I also get to paint a fair amount of portraits of people.

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