A Portrait is a Window to the Soul

I prefer to paint portraits from life. I attended a weekly portrait group for 15 years where we hired a model to pose for us. It was a wonderful experience and helped me learn how to create the same look from life. The most important thing I learned? Less is more. People share common features but one usually dominates and if you haven't painted a hundred portraits from life it's hard to recognize that. Sometimes the models would wear costumes and over the years we had a wonderful variety, from pirates to princesses to everyday people.