Today was a special day because I received my first ever woodblock print. I've been searching for a woodblock print for a while now and finally found one. This print design is by Shiro Kasamatsu and is titled Misty Evening at Shinobazu Pond, Tokyo — 不忍池 (1932). The image itself is absolutely beautiful, very poetic and I feel like I see something new every time I look at it.
I've always loved Japanese aesthetics + culture and I started looking more seriously at woodblock prints when I found out that Claude Monet was a collector of them. You can see the influence of woodblock prints in many impressionist works. I enjoy the poetic color palette and the perspectives they employed.
Like many great works, photos don't do it justice, but I tried to get some good shots regardless. In person, it has a soft bluish tone to it and the lanterns have a subtle glow to them. The work has a feeling of solidity and changes mood based on lighting conditions. It's a really wonderful image and I look forward to enjoying it for many years.
If you'd like to learn more about Shiro Kasamatsu, CLICK HERE.
My Triumph Bonneville T100 has been a continual source of inspiration and I painted it again today. I decided to do a watercolor today since the sun was strong and the weather wasn't too hot.
I had painted a similar scene in 2020 so it's interesting to compare and see how I've gained confidence over the past 2 years. I've been pushing and developing my own style more lately and I'm excited to see where it leads me next.
Plein Air Painting/Drawing Workshop - Friday, Aug. 19th - Sunday, Aug. 21st. - The Atelier at Flowerfield
I'm teaching a plein air painting/drawing workshop this upcoming week at the Atelier at Flowerfield. It's a big honor and I'm excited to teach this workshop and look forward to spending 3 days in St. James, N.Y.
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Tomorrow is our final day for this summer at the Florence Academy Graduate program. Just like last year, the time flew by. I'm working on a final figure painting using a Zorn palette (Titanium white, yellow ochre, cad red medium and ivory black). I've learned a tremendous amount this year and am looking forward to going to Florence in 2024 to finish my MA degree.
For anyone interested in this program, the first two years were in Jersey City, N.J. and the third year takes place in Florence, Italy. I had to postpone my Florence trip to 2024 because I'll be going to France for 3 months during the summer of 2023. France and Italy are two of the greatest nations for art so I'm obviously very excited about the next couple years.
Many thanks again to Mandy Theis, Juliette Aristides, Mario A. Robinson and Mitchell Hill Price.