As we've suddenly been thrown into a chaotic situation, we've all had to make some pretty severe changes to our lives. All of my spring semester classes have been cancelled and I've been forced into recording my lectures online and working remotely. It's incredibly frustrating and not at all the way that teaching and learning should be done. But what are we to do?
All this makes me think about is when I was teaching high school last year and we had a school day that was cancelled early because of a problem with the school wifi. The wifi wasn't working so we couldn't have school. This was a very disturbing event to me because from the time I graduated (2009) to when I was teaching high school (2018), a radical shift had taken place. We are now completely reliant on these digital systems and if they don't work properly (which happens quite often) then we are completely screwed.
Technology has always been a tool to help us, but it's feeling more and more that digital connections are less like a helpful tool and more like a necessary tool. I'm venting my frustration using my personal website here, which of course is a product of these advancements, but I'm just as happy writing in my journal, which runs on ink and not on electricity. I'll be always be sharing art and ideas online and I hope everyone out there is (and remains) healthy.
I'm being myself in my life and my art from here on out. The main thing I want is to focus on working entirely from life. No more special techniques or whatever. Just doing what feels right. Have a great weekend everyone!
I am always honored to create custom pet portraits for my patrons and the way I do it is often directly from photo references. There's a ton of debate over the use of photo references and I believe it's a balance to find what works for you as an artist. To me, photography is a tool that artists should use but not rely on (as they have for well over 100 years now). The other factor is that it's important to always paint from life as much as possible to bolster your photo references.
The other thing to remember is that a painting is not a photograph and shouldn't be compared as art forms. There are a lot of photo-realistic paintings, which to me are technically very impressive, but often have a lack of heart in them. I never want to compete with a photo in terms of accuracy (because I'll always lose haha) but I do believe I can get more feeling and heart in my paintings.
There are many techniques, processes and pathways to create a painting and however you get there is a special journey and you should use whatever tools you have access to, but having a nice photo reference doesn't mean you'll end up with a nice painting..
I'm very excited to announce that I am finally back open for pet portraits! It's been a while and I really have missed created custom pet portraits for pet lovers worldwide. You can order yours today via instagram @ericsantoli or through my website by contacting me directly through my CONTACT PAGE!
You can also check out my current end of summer sale prices which are in effect until September 1st 2019!