PAINTING THE PORTRAIT
Tina Ingraham began painting the figure at the age of ten and continued painting through high school and college. Her design training at the University of Cincinnati and early career in costume design has richly informed her portrait painting, particularly painting a garment’s drape on the figure. In 1986 she trained with several portrait painters and augmented her study of painting at Brooklyn College of CUNY with the receipt of her MFA in 1996. Her painting residency in Italy from 1999 to 2002 and research of master paintings continues to enrich her work.
Ms. Ingraham’s portrait commissions are found in private collections internationally. As a result of her varied experiences painting commissions, she suggests reviewing the following information when considering an Ingraham Portrait™.
An initial meeting with Ms. Ingraham is arranged to determine the size of the painting and its eventual location. The view of the subject is chosen; whether a head and shoulders, three-quarter or full figure. Other considerations include the background environment and whether the painting will be formal or casual.
The first sitting involves choosing various garments and considering various environments within which the sitter may be painted. The artist may take refereence photographs and sketch during this meeting.
The painting generally proceeds in one of three ways:
1. A portrait from life…This involves the subject being available for live sittings while the artist works on the portrait. Schedules vary and the possibilities are discussed in preparation for the painting.
2. A portrait from a combination of live sittings and photographs… A schedule is selected to include approximately three to ten sittings over a period of time. Between each sitting the artist uses her photographs and drawings for reference while painting in her studio.
3. A portrait from photograph… The artist works from photograph if the subject to be painted is deseased.
Length of Painting Process
The size of the painting, the complexity of its content, and the availability of the subject for sittings, are variables that determine the time involved in painting a portrait. It usually involves one to six months for a small to medium-sized painting and six to twelve months for a large painting.