Saturday, September 6, 2014

Level One - Studio Incamminati

After completing my first year as a full time student at Studio Incamminati, I thought I would share a bit about my experience and a few drawings.  It was an incredible year and I saw how much more there is to learn.

Our work began with learning to see simple light and shadow shapes using straight lines and angles to construct form.  My biggest hurdle was trying to cultivate the proper posture and work habits that help you see those forms.  We were told to stand back and squint and keep your arm straight out in front of you in a fencing type stance.  I can't tell you how many times I wasn't doing that and immediately saw it in my drawings.  

Our first still life charcoal drawing was composed of simple boxes that increasingly got more difficult.  Simple shapes were replaced by more advanced items which lead to more complex designs.  Fabric, irregular shapes (like skulls), glass and textured items all added to the challenge.  















We copied Bargue drawings for nine weeks, one day a week to learn to judge angles and proportion.  As painful as they were, I can say that it did help.  Some were more challenging that others but all helped strengthen my seeing skills so it was worth the effort. 



Ecorche drawings were done from life using red chalk to illustrate the muscles of the body.  This concept was completely foreign to me but we had anatomy books to use as reference material for laying in the different muscles.  



In figure drawing class, the concept was the same.  Squint to see large shapes in light and dark.  Initially we worked on getting the gesture and worked our way down to smaller shapes.  The goal is to eventually work toward the effect of raking light on form.













Sunday, January 27, 2013

Day 16 - 30 Paintings Challenge

8 x 10 Oil on Linen
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This is my latest painting from the 30 day painting challenge.  I've been doing a lot of drawing these days so I thought I'd share a charcoal self portrait I did as a homework assignment.  This is my first attempt at anything like this and it sure was difficult staring at myself in the mirror trying to see the large shapes. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

30 Day Challenge

As much as I was committed to painting 30 paintings in 30 days I've decided to modify my plan.  I truly believe in painting every day but not necessarily finishing a piece.  Since the challenge began I enrolled in a figure and portrait drawing class at Studio Incamminati and a portrait painting class with Natalie Italiano.  I'll be posting some of my drawings soon...stay tuned!

The reason I signed up for the challenge was to push myself to paint every single day, no matter what.  But I didn't take into consideration how much time I would need to devote to work on my drawing skills.  I still plan on finishing 30 paintings but it will take more than 30 days.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Day 15 - 30 Day Challenge

10 x 8 Oil on Panel
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I took this photo in Florida when we were there last June.  Skies and sunsets are one of my favorite things to paint. 

Day 14 - 30 Day Challenge

5 x 7 Oil on Linen
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As long as the weather stays warm my pansies keep blooming.  Just a touch of spring in the cold winter! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013