I have some exciting news to share with everyone about this upcoming fall 2018. A little while ago, I was contacted by an organization called the American Artists Professional League (AAPL) in New York City about becoming a board member for their organization. They contacted me because I'm an instructor at the Ridgewood Art Institute and the AAPL has held events at the Art Institute in the past. The AAPL contacted me because they want to get a younger point of view on their member board. Obviously, this is a huge honor and I'm very proud to help advance the organization in any way that I can. I'm currently generating ideas which will help the AAPL connect with artists in a more modern way.
For this fall, I will also being continuing to teach at the Ridgewood Art Institute, which I'm also extremely proud to be a part of. I think my class (oil painting for young people) will still be Wednesdays 3:30 to 5:30PM, but I'll confirm that when we get closer to September.
The final bit of news that I want to share is that I was just contacted by Bergen Community College to continue teaching Art 101 for the fall semester. I took some time off from Bergen after having taught there from fall 2015 to spring 2017. I really miss being a part of Bergen and I'm very happy to be back and teaching what I love. I'm not currently sure which days and sections I'll be teaching at Bergen, but I will also share that information as soon as I get it. So look for me around Bergen and in the weight room 💪
Of course, I'll still be painting a lot and accepting commissions and selling work through my STORE and also on my Instagram. Fall is my favorite season and it's looking like this will a very busy and exciting time of year! Keep painting everyone and keep networking!
I've been looking for new projects and found this cool papercraft design. I'm going to be doing more projects soon and will post photos as I work on new things.
I always try to find parallels to other art forms as I study my own. Being able to see connections is always really useful and I've recently been finding a lot of connections to the world of animation. The animators go through a process that is actually very academic. They sketch, storyboard and create many drafts to find the right poses and frames. They are searching for a good composition, just like an academic painter. The sketchbooks of many of these artists are also beautiful. I've been reading a nice book about this all that includes many interesting chapters. Here's a link to where you can find it. It's a good book to pick up. I found mine at a local book store that I frequent.