July, 2016

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  • Velazquez Copy at the MFA

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    Last week I spent some time at the MFA with Adrian Gottlieb working on a copy of a portion of Diego Velazquez’s ‘Don Baltasar Carlos with a Dwarf’ from 1632.  Adrian jumped at the chance to do a copy at the museum, as apparently in California they do not allow master copy in any of the museums, of course limiting the amount of in-depth study you can do.  It’s a great way to spend a couple of afternoons.

    Below is a photo I took of Adrian at work copying a Rembrandt

     

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    Weekly student Nadine Geller, and artist friends Frank Strazzula and Kamille Corry came by the museum while I was starting in my copy, their photo below.

     

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    Above is the full painting, below my copy of the dwarf’s head.  I wanted specifically to copy the very colorful midtones in the painting, I have been painting very high key for the past couple of years, so thought it would be a good example to study.  Unfortunately the lighting in the gallery was very yellow, which made any sort of one-to-one copying of color a bit of a crapshoot.

    After spending a couple of days with the painting, I could really sense Diego’s ambivalence towards the young king and caring for the little person I spent time copying.

     

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    I would have liked to spend one more day refining the copy, as it is it’s a bit rough, but as an educational study I already feel like I gained a lot.  It’s a 20×16″

    There are few things simultaneously more humbling and educational than doing this sort of thing.  I try to do at least one a year, and every time tell myself I should do them more often.  Click here to read a previous blog post from early this year on doing a Frederick Judd Waugh copy.

    And since we are on the topic of copying paintings, below is an Antonio Mancini copy I did back in 2010 or so- I don’t think I ever posted this one on my blog.  It’s not a top-shelf Mancini, just because of the subject more than anything, but the technique was absolutely outstanding, learned much about paint application doing this one.

     

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  • Self Portrait

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    Here’s an image of a recent self portrait I just finished.  Just a quick snapshot, better photo to come after it’s varnished.  Below, a close up of the face that shows the textures of the painting a bit.  It’s about 24×20″, metric stretchers.

     

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  • Teresa Oaxaca Class June 2016

     

    End of June was Teresa Oaxaca’s second class in the studio, click here to read a blog post on her class last year.  

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    Last year’s course at my studio was a portrait drawing class, this time, one-shot portrait painting.  We had a great group, and many returning students from 2015’s class.  The group seemed very happy, Teresa runs her class with a lot of good energy, she’s as passionate about painting as she is talented.

     

     

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    Oaxaca demonstrated at length, and worked with everyone individually as they worked up their ~6 hour paintings. The students did well, and I think overall showed quite a bit of improvement.  I spent some time sketching with the group which was a lot of fun.

     

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    It seems like every workshop something fun food related happens, this time was no exception- this time, student Jay Wee (pictured above with Teresa) brought a big bag of Island Creek oysters up from Duxbury, which I opened for everyone at lunch over the weekend.  Definitely an extra perk, who else runs art workshops with a raw bar at lunch?  huge shoutout to Jay 😉

     

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    Extracurricular activities brought Teresa another commission while she was in Boston, and a bit of time drawing with my son in the evening while waiting for me to get the grill going.  Look forward to the next time Teresa will come teach, she is off to Europe for the summer.   Image of her portrait commission below:

     

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