Composing a Narrative Self-portrait Painting (Pt. 1) | Demonstration by Melisa Calabria | The Cave of Apelles

Composing a Narrative Self-portrait Painting (Pt. 1) | Demonstration by Melisa Calabria

Melisa Calabria is an Argentinian painter who focuses on self-portraits and storytelling.
Having studied with Ricardo Celma and Odd Nerdrum, she underlines the importance of causality in her narratives, imbued with a dreamlike atmosphere of yearning and melancholy.
During her second stay at the Nerdrum Studio, she demonstrates the importance of composition and explains her method as she starts a new painting.

In this demonstration you will learn about:

  •  Developing an idea from a composition sketch
  • Applying thinly when transferring the sketch
  • Adding color to the the face (the most important element)
  • Being aware of differences in values
  • Painting on the whole surface “at the same time”
  • Increasing contrast and adding a darker background gradually
  • The possibility of big changes
  • Adjusting transitions to get a soft totality
  • Toning down one thing to emphasize another
  • The appropriate movement to the psychological state of the figure

 

Filmed and edited by Bork S. Nerdrum
Featuring Melisa Calabria, Jan-Ove Tuv & Camilla Rose Gjertsen
 

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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"