Painting Busts

I usually don’t like painting still lifes. I get bored when painting anything that is not a human. The one object I enjoy painting for a still life is therefore a statue. Statues are a traditional object for art students to paint as it teaches them to paint in a way that emulates a particular ideal, usually that of Greco-Roman antiquity, and is cheaper than hiring models.

I bought a couple of cheap plaster busts online that I painted for practice. The first is Giuliano de’ Medici, who I accidentally gave chubby cheeks. The second was labelled as Artemis but I am pretty sure it is actually Aphrodite as Artemis would have you torn apart for looking at her nude.


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