Developing a critical eye

Developing a critical eye

Artists of any medium who develop a critical eye are sure to refine and improve their work. The ability to objectively look at what you are creating and assess it is 1) not for the faint of heart and 2) an essential skill to acquire. Here are a few things I am doing to help […]

Learning to Problem Solve on your own

Learning to Problem Solve on your own

Learning to problem solve may not seem consistent with being an artist. But, in fact, problem solving is exactly what being an artist is. Here I am writing again about characteristics of my teachers and classmates and many successful artists I have met. I shared other virtues of artists in recent posts on commitment, punctuality and […]

Endurance and punctuality

Endurance and punctuality

Endurance and punctuality are words you hear and associate with sporting events or maybe the military. Right? But when you think “artist” or “art school” do you think of the words endurance or punctuality? Probably not and that’s OK. Punctuality Before I wax on about the virtues of endurance, I need to come clean on […]

Commitment: a new perspective

Commitment: a new perspective

Commitment may not seem to be a word associated with oil painting or artists or even art school. In fact, these days there are many other words associated with artists which I will not repeat here. Instead, I will write about some of the commitments people are making to attend this school. I suspect there […]

My Dream Week Painting a Master Copy

My Dream Week Painting a Master Copy

Imagine having the opportunity to paint a Master Copy of painting by an accomplished painter. What does this mean? You visit a museum, see a painting that moves you and learn that you have 4 full days to attempt to recreate that painting. I had this opportunity last week in Philadelphia. My school has an […]

Break is over

Break is over

Welcome to the world of painting from live objects and models. The phrase “break’s over” has several meanings in this context. First, the traditional spring break for Studio Incamminati has just ended. So you could say, “Break’s over.” If you were taking a class here saying “Break’s over” has another meaning. What other meaning? When […]

Less rigor more heat

Less rigor more heat

More Heat Greetings from art school (aka rigor central) where we have been working without any heat in our studio.  In fact, we haven’t had heat for over 6 weeks. Who cares? You can always put on another layer, right? Sure, except for our fabulous and amazing nude models. Take the model  (Pixie) for this […]

The Dark Side of Art School & Seasonal Art?

The Dark Side of Art School & Seasonal Art?

So, lots of people casually say how nice it is for me to be in art school. But, they never ask me how I handle the dark side of art school. First, let’s talk about the public perception (not the dark side) of art school. More than one person has said it must be ‘so […]

Vanderpoel Museum: visitor tips and treats

Vanderpoel Museum: visitor tips and treats

Days before a road trip to Chicago, I learned about the Vanderpoel museum. Who the heck is Vanderpoel? John H. Vanderpoel’s book entitled, “The Human Figure,” is the mainstay for most ateliers and art schools in the world today. His book, originally written over 100 years ago, offers text, simplified descriptions of drawing and conveying […]