Sebastian Salvo Demonstrates How to Paint a Poetic Portrait (Pt. 3) | The Cave of Apelles

Jan-Ove Tuv observes as Sebastian Salvo continues painting on his portrait of Melisa Calabria.
Part one:
Part two:

▶️ Full video (37 minutes):
🎵 Full audio:

Topics discussed in this video include:

  • Finding mistakes by looking in the mirror
  • Skin should look like the inside of a shell
  • The pros of painting from live model
  • Forcing cold tones into the face
  • Painting something by not painting on it
  • Great contrast is not that great
  • Van Hoogstraten on colors being friends
  • Good ideas can come out of really bad ideas
  • Toning things down to enhance the focus
  • What to do when you are getting nowhere
  • Why not 95% black?

Video produced by Bork Nerdrum.

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Matthias Proy
Børge Moe
Jon Harald Aspheim
Dean Anthony
Alastair Blain
Anders Berge Christensen
Erik Lasky
Fernando Ramirez
Francisco Salvacao
Herman Borge
Hårek Jordal Andreassen
Iver Ukkestad
Jack Entz Warner
Jared Fountain
Jose Luis
Marion Bu-Pedersen
Maurice Robbins
Michael Irish
Stacey Evangelista
Tonelise Rugaas
Trym Jordahl
Yngve Hellan


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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"