Feb 28, 2012

Artist of the Month

John Howard Sanden

In the middle 70's I purcahsed a book that has been like a painters bible to me. It looks rather worn now but it has been my teacher for many years. This book is "Painting the Head in Oil"
by John Howard Sanden

I also purchased the paint kit he developed and love using it.
Next I became a member of his Portrait Institute.

If you are serious about learning how to paint beautiful portraits I highly recommend you pick up one of his books. He now has many new editions plus videos!
Below is his Bio that is off his site. It is interesting to see what this man has accomplished in his lifetime. I think he is one of the most prominent portrait painters in our lifetime.


John Howard Sanden, noted portrait painter, author and teacher, developed the ProMix® System of flesh and neutral tone oil colors. It allows the artist to obtain delicate variations of skin tones quickly and consistently with reliability and control. Non-toxic. The set contains all 10 specially formulated Professional Oil Colors (37ml each), ProMix® System Color Chart and Mixing Guide and The ProMix® Color System "Color Mixing for Portrait and Figure Painting" book.

With this set of oils John develped you don't need to worry about mixing flesh tones!
John Howard Sanden Pro Mix® Portrait Color System Manufactured my Martin F Weber

Created by John Howard Sanden, world-renowned portrait artist, this set of colors, palette, and full color instructional material is an ideal item for catalogs, Internet resellers and retailers.

The ProMix® Color System consists of a set of ten specially formulated flesh tone colors, thirteen standard palette colors, (37ml size) Original Permalba® White, (150ml) and a thirty sheet disposable palette 50cm x 40 cm (20” x 16”) with colors diagram printed on the cover. The ten Pro Mix® Colors are used in combination with the traditional palette of standard colors to produce a wide range of clean, exact, flesh tones.

Included in each set is a detailed full-color instructional booklet that quickly teaches you how to create a full spectrum of 78 easily repeatable color combinations. The 32” foldout color-mixing chart is used to record the color mixtures for ready reference.


"The critical year in John Sanden's personal history was 1969 — the year he decided to leave the Midwest and a long career in Christian art, and try his hand at New York City and the world of portrait painting. Within months of arriving in New York, he was appointed to the teaching faculty of the Art Students League, had become affiliated with the city's principal portrait brokerage, Portraits, Incorporated, and had established a nationwide portrait clientele of the famous, wealthy and influential.
Sanden thereupon launched into an ambitious teaching career. He founded The Portrait Institute in 1974 and began touring the nation, teaching his ideas and techniques to thousands, who came out to hear him in classes as large as seven hundred at a time. Those who could not come in person studied through one of the national correspondence instructional programs, which he created. In 1979, Sanden launched the National Portrait Seminar, which grew to be the largest art seminar program in America. An annual lecture series at the Art Students League was presented to standing-room-only audiences there for twenty-three years.

John Sanden is the author of four books on portraiture: Painting the Head in Oil (Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1976); Successful Portrait Painting (Watson-Guptill, 1981); Portraits From Life (North Light Books, Cincinnati, 1999); and The Portraits of John Howard Sanden (Madison Square Press, New York, 2001).

With all of these demands on his time, he has managed to complete more than five hundred portraits of prominent figures in American public, professional and business life. His client list reads like a Who's Who of American education and industry.
Profile, the magazine of the American Portrait Society, said, in a 1984 feature article written by the Society's president, "John Howard Sanden may well be the best known name in contemporary American portraiture." Popular columnist Pete Hamill, writing in the New York Post, August 15, 1991, said "John Howard Sanden is the closest we have in America to fit the old role of court painter."
On May 29, 1994, the American Society of Portrait Artists presented their first John Singer Sargent Medal for Lifetime Achievement to Sanden. On September 30 of that same year, Houghton College awarded him the Doctor of Fine Arts degree."

To see more of his work and to purchase his products please go to:http://www.johnhowardsanden.com/
Sharon Teal-Coray

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