Mentorship and Portrait Milestones

Mentorship and Portrait Milestones

There is a lot of excitement  in the air here at Studio Incamminati. Why? My classmates and I finished our mentorship paintings and a 2-day portrait painting, too. Here’s a brief description of each. Mentorship I described the start of the mentorship in an earlier post here. But here’s a quick summary of this experience: […]

Thinking about light on form

Thinking about light on form

This week several teachers said we need to think about light on form when we are painting. Sounds easy enough – right? After all, seeing and showing light on form is the goal of almost any painting. Here is a list of steps I have learned to best show light in a painting: introduce one […]

Stretching canvas and myself

Stretching canvas and myself

Stretching canvas is definitely one of the tasks I have on my ‘to do’ list. But, I am not very intuitive or adept with tools. In fact, I wrote about one of my power tool adventures last summer. And, you know what? Like most problems, there are solutions. Fortunately, one of my fabulous teachers, Lea Colie […]

Model’s posing

Model’s posing

Four days out of five, we Studio Incamminati students hear, “Model’s posing!” This is a call to action for me and my classmates to be ready to paint from life. In other words, we are painting a nude, living breathing human being, all day every day. Why? Because, throughout history, painting a nude model from […]

Finding fabulous teachers

Finding fabulous teachers

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin Studio Incamminati has fabulous teachers! Why do I say that the teachers at my school are fabulous? Well let me count the ways. First of all, this school is clearly designed to help any willing person learn how […]

Learning to paint the planes of the figure

Learning to paint the planes of the figure

What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe,and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed? Michelangelo During the first week of school, we focussed on planes of the figure. What does that mean? Ah – it means we […]

Review and preview – art school update

Review and preview – art school update

Woooosh! Summer 2016 has come and gone. I am back in PA in starting my first week of my third year in art school. Here’s a quick review of what I worked on this summer and a sneak peak of the semester ahead as an aspiring artist and figure painter at Studio Incamminati. Summer Goals […]

Form and Figure

Form and Figure

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. -Bruce Lee Have you ever dreamed of learning something new from the best in class? Me, too! Last week, I took a figure and form painting workshop with Steve Early and Darren Kingsley. These two talented artists can certainly sling paint […]

Pushing the Envelope

Pushing the Envelope

 Pushing the envelope came into general use …after the publication Tom Wolfe’s book about the space program – The Right Stuff, 1979: One of the phrases that kept running through the conversation was ‘pushing the outside of the envelope’… [That] seemed to be the great challenge and satisfaction of flight test. http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/push-the-envelope.html You may not think […]