Adding Color to Teddy

Today I started the first painting of Teddy with the help of Charles Miano. He advised me to limit my palette to the primary colors red, yellow, and blue along with my tints and shades. This limitation helped me to see the colors of my subject and read them to be either more on the warm or cool side. The knowledge I gained will help me to explain better the ability to see color and the practice of mixing primary colors to obtain many colors to my students. So far I have been to three of the three-hour portrait sessions. A first painting can be accomplished in two three-hour session.

5th Observation at VYAS

Today I arrived to the studio at 12:20 pm and was greeted outside by one of the students who was going home early due to family being in town. When I reached the second floor where the studio is located, I saw the students were on their lunch break and a new student was amongst them. I said hello before entering the studio where Mrs. Vosler was located. Like always Mrs. Vosler greeted me with an enthusiastic and warm welcome. She told me that a new student started the program today and that her and the other students were drawing from Bargue plates, which is found in the Charles Bargue Drawing Course textbook. I noticed one of the students who I haven’t seen since starting the observatio

4th Observation at VYAS- The Art Opening

My friend and I were very excited to attend the Santaella Studios for the Arts’ art opening. Santaella Studios doesn’t just house the Vosler Young Artists’ Studio but other artists like, Indi Film Makers, jewelry designers, and printmakers. There are over forty studios and two galleries featured in the old Santaella Cigar Factory in West Tampa. Mrs. Vosler invited me to come to the opening to see the students’ as wells as the other presenting artists’ works. She informed me that she was going to hire a merman for the students to draw as the art opening took place. I was very eager to see how the students would take part of this. So as my friend and I arrived at the old cigar building at 7

Portrait of Teddy

Today I started work on a new portrait study, Teddy, at the Southern Atelier. So far I have spent about 2 hours on the blocking-in step. One of my goals is to get faster with this step. The other goal is to see the subject in shapes. My homework is a 30-day challenge where I create a 5 minute block-in each day in my sketch book. As much as I would like to take a picture of Teddy to work on the painting at home I'm trying to get into the habit of working from life. The next time I'll be working on this portrait is next Thursday. In this portrait I am drawing with the paint brusth rather than drawing on drawing paper first then transferring it onto canvas. I'm starting to prefer this method be

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Welcome to The Studio

On this page you will find posts of what takes place in The Studio. It is my goal to have a daily documentation of my art practice. As an art educator I explain to my students the importance of practicing to improve their skill. I too have to continue to hold my self accountable for my evolution as an artist. I plan to use different references to help build my technical, creative, and observational skills. As artists we use our creativity and some type medium to express an idea or an emotion. I want to see what I can express as I go through this creative journey. I hope you enjoy the process.

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