Friday, January 15, 2010

Pallet Knife Interpretation of Master Works

During my study abroad in Orvieto, Italy, we were near a famous fresco cycle by Signorelli. For one of our painting assignments we had to do interpretations of the frescos with pallet knives. The bottom one was my first and the top was my second. The bottom from The Preaching of the Anti-Christ, the top from The Punishment of the Damned. Done with oil on paper.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Monotone Exterior

Oil on paper. Monotone.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Small Self Portait Compositional Paintings

A few little paintings done in Italy, loosely self portrait, limited pallet. Composition exercise. Oil on paper.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A Taste Of Italy

Here is a lovely example of some of the stuff I was doing in Italy. Mine is the middle work. This is a charcoal drawing done on site in the streets of Orvieto. It's 8 pieces of paper. Done in three days, including an all nighter. Mine was a night piece, so I spent some time alone in a creepy alleyway at night, very sketchy. Some of my fellow artists found it amusing to scare me or visit so that I didn't get creeped on by Italian men.

I did however get creeped on my one Italian man who stopped to watch for like 30 minutes. After discovering I didn't speak much Italian and that I wasn't particularly interested in talking, he just silently hovered. Annoying. But the next day made up for it when a sweet women from Ethopia who lived in the apartment this alley led to invited me in for tea and treats. We talked for a bit and she told me about her troubles working in Italy because of racism there. She's an educated women who speaks 4 languages and who can't find work even in housekeeping. Very sad.

I hope to have better pictures of this soon, it's just a big doozy of a piece and is currently folded in the bottom of a suitcase in Massachusetts and I'm in Illinois, so we must wait, haha. Photo credit to Mikie Hall, a beautiful girl who was in my class.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Inspirational Art: Mucha


This is a beautiful piece by one of my favorite artists, Mucha. This piece visually represents my time abroad in Italy. The colors, the mood, love it.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Alicia Sketch

alicia sketch

Sketch of Original Character Alicia.

I did a lot of new work while I was in Italy that I hope to upload tomorrow. Lots of studies and paintings.