Yesterday, at the monthly meeting of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society (GCWS), our guest artist/speaker was Taylor Bush. Taylor is a member and everyone who has ever seen her lovely, lyrical portraits of young women has been enchanted. She talked and demonstrated how she gets that look with her portraits and the pigments she uses (many staining and all transparent pigments). It was a wonderful demo and Taylor had worked hard to give us a step-by-step of her process, drawing and painting (in various stages) several versions of her portait for the day!
She had a number of handouts for us, giving us information about the colors she uses and the mixes she uses to get her "shadow colors", which she uses to structure the face while looking at black and white photos of her subjects.
It was obvious, while watching her, that Taylor has spent many years perfecting her technique and knows a lot about facial structure. She shared so much good information with us and it was a pleasure to watch her work.
She even talked about how she lights her subjects, taking many photographs to get the ones she wants to use for a portrait. So much good information on photographing portrait subjects that I will have to ask her to return to give a program on lighting and photographing our subjects!
Taylor paints in a pale, high key style and glazes a lot of shadow colors for the "bones" of the portrait before she ever does a first "skin wash" that brings the portrait alive before you eyes! Truly an exceptional artist who has a signature style that is very appealing, Taylor is now doing portraits amid flowers and art deco style shapes that knocked our socks off when she brought them for critique at a meeting this year.
If you are interested in painting portraits, you should add Taylor's DVDs to your library. She sells through Amazon and here is the link to view and purchase one (or more) of her DVDs:
Or you can search Amazon.com for Taylor Bush Portraits and they will come up.