This post is the second in a series of oil painting project tutorials derived from coursework completed at Academie Noord in Brasschaat, Belgium. In the 1960s, German artist Gerhard Richter began compiling a series of newspaper clippings and photos of everyday life. He arranged them onto loose sheets of paper in an album he named Atlas. Gerhard Richter’s life and […]
Our times are populated by mass imagery, mostly intended to shock, challenge, push boundaries. The pictures are loud. They are confrontational. They can be disturbing. With this figure drawing study, I wanted to turn away from such extremes and instead to explore stillness, subtlety, and modesty in the female form. I found by Anthony Ryder to be an excellent resource in beginning […]
Being an expat is an every day adventure. Saying all-too-frequent good-byes is one of it’s highest price tags. After moving back to “home”, one of my expat friends found herself very much missing her days on Antwerp’s Eilandje. She saw my Graphic Orchids, and asked if I could create a monochrome oil painting for her entryway in the […]
I had the great pleasure of meeting Esraa while teaching art at the American School in Egypt. Not only is she drop-dead gorgeous, she’s also kind, intelligent, and interesting to talk to. Although she wasn’t a teacher, she taught us all so much. I tried to capture not only her likeness, but also her wonderful […]
Orchids are among my favorite flowers. They are simultaneously so elegant, durable, and frail. In this oil painting, I attempted to juxtapose the delicacy of their form with their toughness… in other words, a rough and graphic artwork that is still “pretty”.