I am currently in New York and this afternoon despite the biting cold I had a lovely walk through the art district in Chelsea visiting my favourite gallery to see works of David Kassan, Sharon Sprung, Eric Wert and many more. The Gallery Henoch is absolutely wonderful and the gallery people warm and welcoming. For me a true treasure moment at the beginning of this year.
Another great project came to an end today and with it came the moment to say arrivederci Florence Academy of Art. It was the last day of training and we were able to finish the long-pose for a full figure drawing in charcoal.
Concluding this assignment meant to focus on the overall appearance of the drawing and reading of the work and accessing the overall light situation on the figure within the space.
Thank you to Nadja who has been a beautiful model that impressed with outstanding discipline and dedication.
One of the most interesting parts of my studies at the Florence Academy of Art was the portrait painting over 6 half days. In parts of two, our group was sharing one model and would methodically paint a realistic portrait in oils on a 50x40cm canvas.
It was such an enjoyable and insightful process being constantly critiqued by very experienced teachers that would point out any insecurity, motivate, advise and push whenever needed. Truly a remarkable process that has enhanced my knowledge by a mile.
Also to mention our great model Fabricio how actually works also as an actor. It was great working with him.
During today's painting session with the model I was firstly checking my drawing again with a fresh pair of eyes before approaching the shadows to unify them and finally introducing a second value to carefully build up form. Throughout the process of working on the underpainting it's best to keep the amount of paint film as thin as possible to be able to make changes easily and also allow for better drying in between the sessions. I hope to be able to keep the pace with it as I also work various other painting projects these days. So, some planning does good.
This was an exciting Monday to start off week five of my studies at the FAA in Florence. I got a great assignment for a portrait painting from life with a model for 6 half days and am absolutely extatic about it. The sitter an Italian guy named Frabricio has very defined facial features that seem to be ideal for complex charactre portraiture. First day of setting up and getting some lines down on the canvas went fairly well and I am looking forward to continue tomorrow.
The Still life is a classical subject in realist art and provides ample challenges to learn about a structured working method, deepen drawing skills, train observation, judge values and colours, handling paint and composing an interesting scene. The picture here shows little snippets of the work I did on a still life with a metal object, some fruit, a wooden box and a dark piece of cloth.
When it comes to creating a successful drawing or painting one of the most important points to look into is getting your values right that will describe and carry all information about light, shadow and form. I am currently preparing a charcoal cast drawing and spent some time on defining a value scale that I will use as reference throughout my drawing.
It feels like time is flying extra fast since it's already 3 weeks when I started with the studies of academic drawing and painting at the Florence Academy of Art which I really enjoy. I am very lucky to learn and train at this renown institute among very dedicated people.
My goal here is to upgrade my techniques during this classical master atelier and to train my eye in translating from life. Another great aspect are the lectures in art history in the city of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Donatello and numerous other fantastic artists while you can see so many of their original works here.
It's great fun to work in a very international team of students where there is also find time to explore and enjoy the city to the fullest.
View from the Palazzo Vecchio in direction of the academy
At the studio grabbing paper for some sketching at the museum
At the city centre admiring statues at the Loggia dei Lanzi
Back in the studio working from life
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