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
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.
I just wrapped up my 4 week oil portrait painting course for the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. It was a great group and everyone made a lot of progress. Above is a not so good photo of one of the two studios in action. Basically the course is a condensed experience of the normal full-time 2 year course. The students start 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 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 the student leaves with a basic knowledge of important principles that will guide them in their future work.
Below is a progress shot of one of the paintings that I worked on during the course. It is a detail of the 50cm x 60cm. I hope to finish it this September.