I used to dislike still life as a genre, but lately have taking a liking, enjoying
the opportunity to explore composition, color harmony, and mood. Also enjoying the works of some of the past masters of still life: Fantin LaTour, Chardin, and Abbot Thayer.
I demonstrated drawing from a live model in the beautiful, light-filled lobby as people watched, drew and asked questions. It was a good time. Here are some photos from the event, and of my demo drawing...
(Above)Drawing as the model, Audrey, poses.
(Above) Demo Drawing of Audrey. Pencil, White Chalk and Red Conte' on Toned Paper
I am excited to announce that I will be a demonstrating and speaking artist at Tacoma Art Museum's Community Portrait festival this Sunday, March 5. This is in conjunction with TAM's current show, Outwin Portraiture 2016
Check it out here:
Below are some recent portraits I have produced. Each one is from a live model.
Each day in the atelier (french for artist studio) is composed of 2 sessions. The morning session is spent in the life room in front of a live model (see above). The afternoon session is spent in the studio, each student working on their individual projects, usually casts (pictured below), still life (pictured below), or master copy work (see previous page). First year students draw, second year students paint in grayscale, and third year students paint in color.
This will be the first of a series of posts chronicling a portion of my work created during my time of study under Juliette Aristides (http://www.aristidesarts.com/) in her classical atelier at Gage Academy in Seattle, WA. One of my goals with this blog is to display the awkward and exciting progression from student to studio artist. I hope this can be an inspiration to you!
The above image is a master copy after Jean Baptiste Greuze [1725-1805]. Please note that while I did most of the work on these academic pieces, Juliette did indeed have a hand in their development. She would do this always for the sake of instruction. These were often the times when a light would go on in my head too.