Birgitte Knaus
Portrait Painter & Painter
C/Marques de Mulhacen 53, 4o, 1a,
08034 Barcelona
SPAIN
Tel. 34 93 205 0455

Mobile: 34 696 592 601


E-mail:
bknaus13@gmail.com
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MY 2006 SCHEDULE

January/February - St.Moritz,Switzerland

March- April-Barcelona, Spain

May/June, USA

July- Germany

August- Spain

September - Scotland

October/November, USA

I encourage early reservations for 2006, as my calendar is already filling quickly.


HOW TO COMMISSION A PORTRAIT
/HOW IT WORKS

PORTRAIT ELEMENTS

Each portrait is a combination of elements. Like a recipe, you choose the elements in a manner which best suit you.

Subject Length
Head & Shoulder portrait
3/4 Length portrait - From Head to Knees
Full Length portrait

Subject Scale
Life size – Full scale (100%)
Small size – Half scale (50%)

Background
Plain background
Decorative background

Media
Pastel on paper
Terracotta on paper
Terracotta & charcoal on paper

Sittings
My finest portraits work this way. First, a photographic session. I take pictures in various poses of the subject(s). Different clothing can be tried at this time. Your creativity is welcome as we work to identify the look of the portrait. Next, a decision making session. Once the pictures are developed, I meet with all who wish to decide the elements of the portrait, the pose and the clothing. We view the pictures and make decisions. Finally, are the art sessions. For optimum results, you have two options: (1) the subject(s) participate in all art sessions or (2) I do some work unattended and the subject(s) participate in some critical sessions. One other option exists for my most time pressured clients and for subjects who are unavailable for sittings where I work completely from photographs. There are some limitations to this option, which I will discuss directly with you.

LOCATION
Sittings usually take place in the client’s home. I travel worldwide to do portraits in the comfortable surroundings of their own home. From experience, I find that people are more relaxed in their own environment, thus resulting in a more natural and expressive portrait. In addition to my native Spanish and German, I speak English, French and some Italian. This along with my travel and portraiture experience allows me to adapt to many environments with ease. In truth, this is often a wonderful experience for both of us. Many of my past clients are now great friends.

I am based in London and Spain, and now, due to an increasing demand for my work in the US, I will now be more often in New York and other parts of the United States.

TIME
The total amount of time necessary for a portrait varies with the length, scale, background, medium and sitting options chosen. Each sitting takes approximately two hours. A portrait such as Little Girl with Pony-tail requires 4 to 5 sittings, including a photo session.

A FINAL WORD

It is my pleasure to create great portraits. As families are the corner stone of our society, it is especially gratifying to capture families at their best. And that is often the goal, to capture people as they best wish to remember themselves. That these portraits are treasured for many years is testament to their value. I look forward to creating a treasure for you and your family.


 

 

 


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