Sebastian Salvo Demonstrates How to Paint a Poetic Portrait (Pt. 2) | The Cave of Apelles

Sebastian Salvo Demonstrates How to Paint a Poetic Portrait (Pt. 2)

Jan-Ove Tuv observes as Sebastian Salvo continues painting on his portrait of Melisa Calabria.
Part one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81rNI79vCRI

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Topics discussed in this video include:
• Using tape marker VS. free positioning of the model
• To not be concerned about using the exact colors
• Softening transitions and progressing carefully
• Blurring eyes to focus on the mouth
• Emphasizing areas by the vibrancy of the strokes
• The subtlety of the Apelles palette
• Letting things grow organically out of the context
• Local glazing and removal of the excess oil
• Connecting initial “crazy” or accidental brush strokes
• The shock effect of color when working in greys
• Keeping the devil (small brush) away
• Using carpenters brushes instead of expensive art brushes
• Achieving transparency with few layers
• “Sometimes the devil (small brush) has good advices”
• Rembrandt and Nerdrum’s bright shadows
• Manipulating reality to achieve better results
• Ending up as an artist by being too exact
• Katatexitechnos
• The king’s crown in Titian’s “The Flaying of Marsyas”
• Andrew Wyeth’s ability of knowing what to emphasize
• Painting stick VS. the pinky finger
• Achieving harmony between background and figure
• Loving the subject instead of making “passport photos”
• Salvo’s advice: “Depict a person with intention”
• Ortega y Gasset and the clownish approach
• How Art projects its own values onto Kitsch
• Jung’s Shadow
• Never say that you can handle the little brush!
• Keep brushes in oil instead of cleaning them
• Jan-Ove Tuv’s trip to the Middle East

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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"