Two weeks left in the program for this summer. These two weeks with Mario Robinson were great and I learned a ton. We focused on figurative work and mastercopies. I'm very proud of my Veláquez mastercopy (below). I also started a Van Eyck mastercopy as well. I'm looking forward to the next two weeks and seeing what the rest of the summer brings.
This semester of grad school is going by very quickly and I'm really learning a ton of information. We're working with the live figure this year and doing some mastercopies as well. Below is a gallery of a few of the drawings that I've been working on; the first two are life drawings and the next two images are of a Prud'hon mastercopy. The mastercopy has been very challenging and is teaching me a lot.
I'm very grateful that this MA in Studio Arts program exists because I'm learning techniques and skills that I've dreamed about for a very long time. We're going back to the MET tomorrow and I'm excited to start painting in the next few weeks.
Had a trip to the MET today and saw the Winslow Homer exhibit. The exhibit is quite large and contains many iconic Homer works. Some of the works I've seen before in Philadelphia's museums when I was a student. I'm not a huge Homer fan, but I'm fond of his watercolors, which are very vivid and nice to see in person. I didn't bother to take photos of his oils because the photos don't do justice and looked like garbage. The other image below is a Frits Thaulow that I was also admiring.
Prior to seeing these works, our Florence Academy group got up close with some master drawings in the MET's drawing and prints department library, which you can access by appointment only. We saw works by Rubens, Goya, Lagros, Allan Ramsay, Ribera, among others. We got to sketch from these drawings without any glass between us and the drawings. It was a cool experience.