Self Portrait With A Limited Palette

Dominique Medici is a NYC-based artist specializing in both Egg tempera and Oil painting. Primarily a portrait and figure painter, she studied in London and has exhibited internationally, including Art in Action, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Christie’s Young Artist Exhibition. She was a semi-finalist in the 2016 BP Portrait Prize, 2006 Outwin Boochevor Portrait Completion and recently received an honorable mention in the 2014 Portrait Society of America members show and honorable mention for portraiture during Oil Painters of America’s 24th Annual National Juried Show and the Margaret Dole Award at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 118th Annual Exhibition. Dominique has undertaken numerous international portrait commissions and her work in displayed in many private collections throughout Europe and the US. Dominique has a passion for teaching and has taught extensively both privately and publicly.
Saturday, Sunday
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Live Model
Gage Capitol Hill
For $25 I can provide Paint, Medium, Palette, Palette Paper, Cups for the duration of the class. Payable on the first Day.

  • Easel: provided by school
  • Palette:bring a gray palette (you can make a gray palette by buying a piece of plexiglass and painting the back with gray acrylic gesso or paint)
  • Brushes: Any professional brushes in the following sizes are fine
    • Hog Hair or Natural Bristle (Flat) #4 (2), #6 (2) #8 (1)
    • Kolinsky Sable or synthetic (pointed) #4 (1)
  • Paints: we will use a limited palette. Any professional paint brand is fine, no student grade 40ml tube or larger.
    Only the following colors:
    • Titanium White
    • Cadmium Yellow Light
    • Quinacridone Red (Gamblin)
    • Cobalt Teal (Gamblin)
    • Blue Black (Winsor & Newton)
  • Surface/ Support: bring your preferred support
  • Primed Masonite (hardboard)
  • Canvas or Linen Panels
  • Stretched Canvas or Linen (prime with a neutral gray). Size: 11” x 14”, 12” x 16”, 16” x 20”, 18”x 24”. Quantity: 3 Canvases or Panels
  • Mediums: Linseed Oil
  • Brush Cleaner: Gamsol

Additional Materials:

  • Two clip on metal cups for Mineral Spirits and Linseed oil
  • Palette knife
  • Rags or Paper Towels
  • 2 spring clamps
  • Sketchbook and Pencil (for notes and thumbnails)
The self-portrait has been a tradition for artists through the millennia, serving as both a historical document and window into the interior of the artists being. There is a quality and intensity in the way we observe when drawing and painting. Turning this level of awareness back on ourselves is a revealing and inspiring process. Through a limited palette of only five colors: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Quinacridone Red, Cobalt Teal and Blue-Black, we will turn our eye on ourselves. Our approach will focus on four main aspects of a portrait: Proportion, Value, Color, and Edge, which will help us to accurately capture a likeness within a limited time frame.