Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Praise from a Student
We received a wonderful email this week from Michael Pendola, a student enrolled in our Master Course in Painting. He says “I have been in the the graphic design business as a creative director for over 30 years… Even so, I have sensed the need for some serious ‘restructuring’ and challenge in my pictures. Attending workshops, and periodic classes have some value but seem to always underscore a certain ‘technique’ reinforced by instructor bias. And have not created much of a path for growth in my work. The FAS painting curriculum is invaluable. The instruction is rock solid without limit to individual expression. Between these hands-on instructional texts and the very experienced eye of my assigned instructor, Hank McLaughlin, I am experiencing some real growth and increased awareness in almost every aspect of making a picture. I am really satisfied with this course!” Michael started his own plein-air painters organization in Michigan, where he lives, and you can check it out here. Thank you, Michael!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Yukiko Tsushima Exhibition in NYC
Congrats to FAS alum (and prizewinner), Yukiko Tsushima, who has an opening reception in NYC tonight for her latest body of work, Nippon Style. The work uses an array of media including paint, ink and gold leaf, and incorporates “well-known characters from Japanese Buddhist art such as the demon-like temple guardian figures, as well as facemasks worn by actors in Japanese Noh Theater, alongside modern day, wide-eyed Anime babes.” Tsushima unites time-honored Japanese techniques and styles while expressing modern themes found in manga, advertisements, anime and video games. For more information about the exhibition visit Gallery Onetwentyeight’s website here.
Monday, April 05, 2010
Paintings So Good You Want to Eat Them
As a young artist Wayne Thiebaud drew an easy parallel between cake frosting and oil paint. So he began to paint pastries, the body of work for which he’s most famous. Here’s a short and sweet video that CBS Sunday Morning did on him a couple years ago. And, here’s a link to a current retrospective of his work at the San Jose Museum of Art, Seventy Years of Painting. Wayne Thiebaud is a great example of not being afraid to paint what’s around you. He reminds us that our subject matter may not always be as important as how you execute it.
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