Winter Has Begun (at least in Grad School)

Fall Quarter came to a close and I enjoyed several weeks off from Thanksgiving to the New Year. Lots of friends and lots of family time was shared (many of whom came from out of town. During the interim I read a lot and created some; mostly I painted in my head and thought much as to what I wanted to accomplish during the Winter Quarter (which began this week).

Books I read include The Hunger Games Trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay), Watchmen (the 1980s graphic Novel by Alan Moore) and Game of Thrones among others.

Additionally, I spent much of my time researching artists who paint the figure and paint historical/biblical narratives. I looked at a lot of Baroque and English painters such as Benjamin West, John Singleton Copley, TInteretto, Tiepolo, Caravaggio. Others that I researched and observed (creating small copies and gestures) include David, Ingres, Gericault, Repin, Serov, Zurbaran.

Repin

David

Caravaggio

Tiepolo

Copley

West

I am very excited for the Winter Quarter at SCAD. There are so many things that I would like to accomplish. Attached is a Feasibility Plan that I’ve had to create for my Painting Studio Class.

One very cool thing that I am very excited about this year is that I will be moving my studio from my house to a space in Riverside. I will be joining several other artists in an old converted warehouse aptly named CoRK (Corner of Roselle and King). I will be joining the likes of some formidable local artists later this month: Jim Draper, Paul Ladnier, Dolf James, George Cornwell. Super stoked for the opportunity to be in community with fellow creatives.

Finally, if you haven’t had the chance yet, you need to get over to Bold Bean! Yes, I do have three paintings hanging in their exhibit space, but the coffee is great and the atmosphere is bar none (much thanks to Greg and Jason of Content Design)

* If you’ve been reading and keeping up with my posts over the last year or so I have from time to time written about how my life keeps changing and exciting things have happened over and over and God has provided so much and given my family the faith to endure and grow. It should be  said that the opportunity that I was offered to teach high school art never fully realized into a permanent position (there was some craziness that ensued, I will not lie). I am grateful for the opportunity and the time that I spent at the school, but am much more comfortable just being in graduate school, putting all my available time into my studies. A year and a half left! *

** By the way, as well, we’ve moved from the Beach back to the City. We now enjoy waking up every morning in the historic neighborhood of Springfield. **

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