“3-D Realism” and More From Day 2 of Realism Live 2023

Enjoy a recap of Day 2 of the 4th Annual Realism Live, an unforgettable event for artists of all levels of painting in a realistic style. Realism Live is a virtual art conference taking place through November 11, so join us now or catch the replays at RealismLive.com.

Highlights from Day 2 of Realism Live

C.W. Mundy gave us a lesson on painting “3-D realism,” a process that begins with taking a photograph of a highly dimensional scene, creating depth perception by having the camera pull the main subject into focus while softening the background elements. Using this type of photo reference, C.W. then walked us through his painting process in great depth.

From C.W. Mundy's "3-D realism" painting demonstration
From C.W. Mundy’s “3-D realism” painting demonstration

Britt Snyder started his demo with a “beautifully imperfect” block-in, where he takes his time to get the basics in place. He created a portrait painting from a reference photo of his wife. He said that three of the things he thinks about when painting are making an overall statement; how much time he has; and making the resulting art both meaningful and accurate.

Britt Snyder Realism Live 2023
“Working primarily in a figurative context, Britt’s paintings reference classical painting and photography with an emphasis on capturing and presenting moments in time and presenting the core essence of the portrayed subject.” ~From brittsnyder.com

In a special presentation, we awarded Max Ginsburg with the Fine Art Connoisseur Lifetime Achievement Award. This was followed by a fascinating interview with Max and Peter Trippi, during which Max shared his inspirations for 10 of his powerful narrative paintings.

Max Ginsburg, "Bus Stop," 2010, 50 x 72 in.
Max Ginsburg, “Bus Stop,” 2010, 50 x 72 in.

Luis Alvarez Roure focused on the beginning stages of a portrait painting. Originally from Puerto Rico, Luis left his homeland to move to New York City, where, in the company of his inseparable wife Maritza, he earned his master’s degree in music. Having achieved his goal, Luis chose to devote himself to art: his other great passion.

Luis Alvarez Roure's model and portrait painting demo
Luis Alvarez Roure’s model and portrait painting demo

Eddie Filer explained how to draw a better portrait using simplicity in all areas of your drawing, from start to finish, working from the general to the particular. “Don’t rush anything,” he says, “Take your time.” Eddie used a live model for his portrait drawing lesson.

Eddie Filer Realism Live 2023
“I make adjustments through my whole process,” Eddie said, explaining that corrections can always be made – the marks are not set in stone.

Wende Caporale is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America. In 2019 she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award along with her husband, Daniel E. Greene N.A., from the Figurative Art Convention (FACE). For her Realism Live demo, Wende shared her techniques for painting a portrait with pastels, beginning with a schematic drawing in charcoal on a textured surface.

From Wende Caporale's pastel portrait demo
From Wende Caporale’s pastel portrait demo

“For 25 years I’ve made my living as a painter. Others sometimes called me an artist, but I lacked the confidence to think of myself as such. A couple of workshops here and there just left me frustrated. While stuck at home, I had a lot of time to think about the direction I wanted to take. An ad for Realism Live popped up on my FB feed one day and I signed up. It was a real turning point for me. The quality and variety of instruction was amazing! Even better was the way they fostered “community.” When they announced Realism Live, I immediately signed up, not even knowing what that might mean. Once again, I was blown away by the whole experience. Thank you to everyone involved in creating this unique and wonderful Art experience. I am forever grateful!” – Sally Bowers

Thank you to today’s sponsors, Blick Art Materials and Sennelier, Fabriano & Raphael, and to everyone who is joining us again this year or for the first time. Realism Live is taking place through Saturday, November 11, 2023, and replays are available so visit RealismLive.com now to access all of these sessions and more!