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.
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Drawing of Jon, graphite on paper, 15cm x 20cm
Support panel with rough coat of plaster.
Application of ‘intonico’
Image transferred via ‘incisione’ method to the finished ‘intonico’ and ‘velo’ coats
Here is a video of a brief walk through of my show A Dream Incarnate: Italian Landscapes and Portraits at the Oak Park Public Library. The show runs for the month of July. Please stop by and take a look.
This summer I will be having a show of my Italian landscapes and portraits. Kindy hosted by the Oak Park Public Library it will be up for the month of July. Entitled The Dream Incarnate, the work represents my experience in Italy through a visual interpretation of the places and people that have inspired me. It opens Saturday, July 8th.
For more information about the show please follow the link here.
Below is a selection from the works that will be represented.
Capri, watercolor on paper, 20cm x 30cm
Santa Maria della Salute, watercolor on paper, 20cm x 30cm
Monastery at Capri, Italy
The Slavic Girl, oil on linen, 50cm x 70cm. Honorable Mention Artist Member Show at the Oak Park Art League, 2014.
The Wanderer, pastel on paper mounted on board, 50cm x 70cm
The Arte Laguna Prize show opened last weekend and it was a wonderful event. In addition to being very well attended, there was a positive energy and a lot of engaging work. My painting “Consolation of Philosophy” held its own and attracted a lot of interest. The show is up until the 9th of April. For more information click here.
Premio Arte Laguna, the international competition and show, will open its 11th edition this Saturday, March 25th. My picture shown above was selected a finalist in the painting section. The opening is open to the public and more information can be found in the link.
While in Chicago this summer I had the opportunity to participate in a short interview feature about my life and work. Footage from the opening of my Iter Animae that took place at Loyola University is featured as well. I would like to thank Matt Baron and Joe Kreml for developing and creating this wonderful piece.
I opened a YouTube channel as well and that can be found here.
I just finished teaching another 4 week oil portrait course in Florence, Italy for the Cecil Studios. The students started out with a bit of cast drawing before working directly from models in charcoal and oil. The sight-size method, as it was originally intended, is used to create life-size portraits under natural light with a historical limited palette. The class size is limited to 10 students.
The great challenge is the ‘reprogramming’ of the student’s expectations of the portrait painting course. The goal is not to walk away with several pretty oil sketches. Ultimately, the emphasis is developing observation skills and the student’s ‘eye.’ The fundamentals of charcoal and oil technique are covered and explored. In this visual approach to image making the shapes are evolved directly on the canvas. The resulting work often lacks polish but honestly reveals a diligent study from nature. Hopefully one leaves with a basic knowledge of important principles that will guide them in their future work.
The above picture is of a model in a sight size set up with one of the completed demos that I did during the class. The one below shows one of the studio spaces. It was a great experience with a really nice group. Everyone really applied themselves and the results were excellent.
The images shown are from a recent painting that I completed. The title is Boreas, which is ancient greek for the north wind, or commonly known in Italian as the Tramontana. You can find more about the north wind here. To learn more specifically about Boreas, click here. One of the Anemoi, or wind gods, Boreas brings the cold winter. Enrico, the model, shares many of the characteristics of the north wind. He is dressed in a heavy leather jacket and holding a pipe that just went out.
A constant problem in sharing my oil paintings is the difficulty of taking a decent photographs. My technique, a distinctly 17th century visual approach, uses a lot of translucent glazes and scumbles that the camera simply doesn’t read. To capture some of the subtle halftones I am forced to F stop down to the point where all the darks melt together. As a result my oil paintings therefore are not very ‘photogenic.’ However the purpose of painting is to create unique objects/images that are experienced in person and enrich the viewer over time. The fact that my oil work rejects technological recognition is ultimately part of my purpose. The capability of human vision is much greater than the machines created to emulate them. The quality of art(figurative) should never be measured by the false paragon of the photograph. Otherwise we forfeit the stuff of poetry that it is made of.