On Sunday, at the California Art Institute, The Portrait Society of America sponsored a presentation of portrait artist Adrian Gottlieb. He came and did a slide show of his work and answered so many questions I thought he would tear his hair out. He is a classically trained artist having studied at the Florence Academy of Art. Whoa. Is he good. I had looked at his paintings on his website (www.adriangottlieb.com) previously, and thought they were a little too tightly painted for me, but when you see one of them in person, they are really beautiful. It’s a shame that the paintings do not show better from reproductions, but there is a reflective quality to them that you simply do not get until you actually see them.
I was inspired by some of his cast drawings and paintings to paint the picture you see below of a lovely marble bust I have of Pocahontas although it looks more like a babe Da Vinci would have painted. It is only the initial block in though.
Adrian uses paints that are handmade by Robert Doak and Associates. After looking at Doak’s website, I see that he has many flake whites with varying degrees of reflectiveness. I think I will order a few different kinds. One of them gives you a thick impasto like the old masters used. Once I get my tubes, step aside Rembrandt. I’m going to be painting bling like you won’t believe. Adrian himself will be blinded by my glows.
I’ll post this painting again when I finish.