I'm very excited to announce that I'll be a teaching assistant for Mr. Basil Baylin on Monday nights for his class at the Ridgewood Art Institute.
Also, I'm currently working on on several studies for a narrative painting which derived from a series of croquis. The croquis will eventually turn into paintings.
The one I'm working on now is titled The Butterfly and is a narrative painting with my dog, Maea, as the model. Maea is a papillon, which means butterfly in french. They're named papillon because their ears looks like butterfly wings.
The painting is a scene where the dog steps up onto a stone to look more closely at a blue butterfly which has landed on a yellow evening primrose. I'm very excited because this isn't a portrait, it's a narrative work. She is curious and in the act of looking at the butterfly. I feel like my best portraits have a subtle element of narrative within them, but this will be a painting with a visible narrative. And I think the colors will work beautifully also.
Once my studies are done, I will be beginning work on the full canvas.
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