The Lovely Nicolo

Painting in Italy – where do I start.  I felt like I found my true happiness and discovered it is not as hard to achieve as I thought.  More on that later, but first Nicolo.

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Yes, the landscaping is beautiful but so are the people.

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Nicolo posed for us one morning at the Villa – it was a pleasure to paint him.

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Nicolo

12 x 14

oil on Canvas

 

Charcoal Self Portraits

After practicing charcoal drawing with the teen class when they drew paper bags, they were ready to move on to something more challenging: self portraits. Personally, I have never enjoyed drawing myself.

I think it is extremely difficult because beyond drawing faces, you are representing yourself. However, the teens did such a great job and I am so impressed with how hard they worked and how they turned out. A few of the students drew half their face and used a photo for the other half, but most drew full self portraits.

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They started by drawing their faces with pencil using a lesson we taught about the measurements of the face. Then they put in the darks and the lights and worked on shading. See some of their results below.

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Exploring Charcoal: Paper Bags

A few weeks ago the teen class drew paper lunch bags using charcoal to practice value. We really wanted them to be able to look at their bags, find where the darkest areas and lightest areas were and use charcoal to express these values.

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Many of the students had never used charcoal before and we were so impressed with how well they did! They were a little uneasy at first but quickly gained confidence in their drawing and they all turned out so well. Proud of our teen artists!

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