Venus Pluvia

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Venus Pluvia, terracotta and pietra leccese, 45cm(h)

Venus Pluvia, terracotta and pietra leccese, 45cm(h)

Here are some photos of a recent sculpture.  The title is Venus Pluvia.  That is latin for Venus of the Rain.  Venus exiting from her bath covers herself from the rain.  This is the terracotta model that I have mounted on a base of pietra leccese: a sand stone from the Puglia region of Italy.  I will soon be starting work on the bronze version.  Let me know if you would be interested in one of the limited edition.

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Spring Portrait Workshop at Cecil Studios

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Spring portrait workshop in action.

Spring portrait workshop in action.

I recently finished running the Spring Oil Portrait short course for Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy.  Trying to teach life-size oil portraiture properly within in two weeks is nearly impossible.  But this group did well and I am very proud of their results.

For those who want to know more below is brief explanation of what happens.

Vinicio, oil on linen, 40cm x 55cm

Vinicio, oil on linen, 40cm x 55cm.  One of the strengths of the of the course is that I work alongside the students, not just a brief demonstration.  Here is an example of one of the paintings that I did during a July course.

The short courses are essentially condensed versions of the regular training that occurs at Cecil Studios.  The basic didactic philosophy is to provide a historically valid training that addresses the major principals, methods and materials utilized by great artists from the past.  Projects are developed using the sight-size approach as it was originally intended: life-size portraiture.  Working exclusively under natural light, the student begins with drawing in charcoal from the model.  Over the first 3 days, two portrait drawings are created (morning and afternoon) for the transfer to canvas.  The remaining sessions are dedicated to painting with a limited palette and olio-resinous medium.  In addition to the discussion of the practical stages of picture making a museum visit to Palazzo Pitti and a lecture explore the evolution of Renaissance and Baroque portraiture, focusing on the Florentines, Titian, Rubens and Van Dyck.

James Jones, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm.  A recent head I did during the portrait course I taught this summer in Florence

James Jones, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm. A recent head I did during the portrait course I taught this summer in Florence

A portrait study of Anais that I started during the spring course and hope to finish off later.

A portrait study of Anais that I started during the spring course and hope to finish off later.

 

 

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