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From December 1st until the 15th, I will be holding a Christmas studio sale on the site. The available items are listed in the gallery below. Free national and international shipping until the 20th. Please click on the images below to learn more.
The show FACES: I Volti dell’Uomo is up and running. It was organized by the Independent Artists group and more information about the show can be found here. My painting Consolation of Philosophy is part of the show. If you happen to be in the Milan metropolitan area, please stop by and see the work. The show closes on December 16th.
My painting show above will be participating in a group show near Milano. Organized by the Independent Artists group of Busto Garolfo (MI), the show Faces: I Volti dell’Uomo will explores the idea of identity related to portraiture and its relation to experience. It opens November 24th and runs until December 16th. Please stop by to see the work if you happen to be in the area. The Villa Brentano, where the show will be held, is very special as well.
To find the Facebook event click here.
An artist’s materials are an extension of him/her. They are the bridge that link the first creative impulse to the final work of art. Naturally, that is why artists can be very discerning about the supplies they use. I have spent years researching art materials and creating my own in order to reproduce the effects that I see in the Old Masters and, more importantly, enrich my own work.
Charcoal is one of the oldest drawing mediums still commonly used today. It is ideal for tonal drawing. Produced by pyrolysis, it is created by heating up wood in the absence of oxygen.
I make my own with a steel box that I designed especially for the purpose. After cutting select wood into a stick form, the pieces are placed in the box and closed. An single opening on the top allows the gas to escape. The box is heated up and eventually smoke comes out. The white smoke is largely water vapor and other some other substances. Eventually the smoke diminishes, stops and is replaced by a flame that is produced by different essences being expelled. Once the flame dies out, the charcoal is ready!
My friend and artist Darren Rousar also wrote an article on making charcoal and it can be found here.
I also have taught an artisan in Southern, Italy my method and he is now creating a small quantities for a commercial market. He uses reclaimed wood and selects the best pieces to for his production. The result is very high quality charcoal with a minimum environmental impact. If anyone is interested in trying some, please contact me.
I am pleased to be included among Daniel Maidman’s Instagram Picks for November on Poets & Artists Magazine’s website. A link to the collection can be found here.
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A photo of the #sightsizemethod setup for my painting in progress “Swan,” oil on linen, 60cm c 80cm. . . #matthewjamescollins #lifesize #fromlife #oilpainting #ateliermethod #contemporaryportraiture #artistsoninstagram #arte #kunst #igersfirenze #modernrenaissance #matthewjamescollinsstudio #heydanielmaidman
I will be organizing ongoing fresco painting courses and private lessons in Florence, Italy. Students will learn about one of the most durable mediums for painting: fresco. The full process will be explored including: the preparation of the support, colors and cartoon. Taking advantage of the unique abundance of fresco painting in Florence, site visits to various chapels, churches and museums will enlighten the student to the aesthetic possibilities offered by this wonderful medium.
Please email me for more information or fill out the contact form below:
I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Here are some images from a life size nativity scene that I created for the church of Sant’ Ambrogio from awhile back. The post about that wonderful project can be found here.