Sorolla Photos Below!
I just came back from Spain yesterday and I'm excited to share some photos that I took from the trip and talk about my experience. But first, I need to thank Cristina and Alex for having my girlfriend and I stay with you; I will never forget your hospitality and kindness.
I was in Spain for 7 days and I packed as much into them as I could. I visited several places, including the city of Toledo and Valle De Los Caidos (the Valley of the Fallen), but we spent a majority of time in Madrid, which is where the Prado, Thyssen and Sorolla Museums are.
I wasn't allowed to take photos inside the Prado, but I can tell you that it was an amazing place filled with beautiful art. For me, the main draw of the Prado is the large collection of Velazquez paintings, including his large masterpiece Las Meninas. I'm a big fan of Velazquez because he's basically the godfather of all the other painters I love, including Sargent and Sorolla.
I took a ton of photos from my trip, but I want to share some photos from the Sorolla Museum for everyone to enjoy because it's the most wonderful place I've ever been in my whole life.
My family and I went today to the New York Historical Society to check out the Norman Rockwell exhibit, which is currently open until September 2018. The exhibition was spectacular and showed a wide variety of Rockwell's work. I've been a big fan of Rockwell for a number of years and it's always cool to see his work in person. It's hard to get a sense of how the paintings look in person, but they are very thickly painted! I've seen his work in person before, but it's always surprising to see how different they look in person vs. in a photo.
While we were at the New York Historical Society, they also had an exhibit of historical footwear, which was really cool. And they had a collection of Tiffany lamps as part of their permanent collection. It was really really cool. I tried to capture it in a video below. ⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇
They also had an awesome part of the exhibit where you could choose and change the colors of a Tiffany lampshade. So I designed my own shade!
The two paintings below are portraits of my brother and show my progression over a 10 year period of time. My brother turned 30 this year and I recently finished a portrait of him in my spare time. I don't have an exact date on the first portrait (on the left) because I never actually finished it. I remember working on it and being so frustrated that I couldn't finish and sign it; I remember thinking how difficult oil painting is.
I started oil painting when I was about 15, but I had always loved drawing since I was a little kid. I remember doing portrait drawings of my meema when I was about 9 years old. Portraits have always been my favorite and I'm really glad I kept the old portrait of my brother to show my progress. It's also cool to see how my own painting style has changed, but I can still tell I painted both portraits. Seeing my brother age between the two portraits is also eye-opening.
I want to say to anyone trying to improve with some kind of skill, whether it's painting and drawing or music, dancing, skateboarding, weight lifting, writing, sports or whatever you're passionate about: Never Give Up. Sometimes it's hard to see improvements because they happen slowly, but remember that even baby steps will move you forward.
I just finished and put my signature on this portrait of my brother, Chris. I'm really proud of it and now I'm going to wait for it to dry so I can varnish it and photograph it. I really like the expression that I captured in this portrait and the way I painted his eyes. It's hard to see in the photos, but his eyes are a hazel color with a specific color of green that I painted; I always love painting eyes. My brother's in San Fransisco now and I can't wait to show this to him when he returns.