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Portrait painting

See Portrait for more about the general topic of portraits.

Portrait painting is a genre in painting, where the intent is to depict a human subject. The term 'portrait painting' can also describe the actual painted portrait. Portraitists may create their work by commission, for public and private persons, or they may be inspired by admiration or affection for the subject. Portraits are often important state and family records, as well as remembrances.

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For anyone wanting to learn to paint, this is Sean Cheetham. A modern day painter with an old masters style. This video shows him painting "a la prima" meaning wet on wet paint. Although this video is time lapsed, it has helped me understand how he achieves such a realistic portrait. You can see how he paints from dark to light, biggest shapes to smaller. Its magic!

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