Student Salons 2022

On view — Our Studio Exhibition will be available for viewing at the Art Students League of New York from April 25 through April 30, 2022.

2 portrait paintings of mine and 4 little composition and color studies from 2021-2022 will be showcased there along the works by many talented artists.

The Art Students League of New York
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, 2nd Floor
215 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

April 25—30, 2022

Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 am–9 pm
Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

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Monocle Magazine – Issue 152

The April 2022 issue of Monocle Magazine wrote a story, League of its own, about Art Students League of New York. The article describes the league and includes cool interview commentaries from executive director Michael Hall, and two instructors, one of them being no other than my instructor and mentor Sharon Sprung.

What’s also cool is that the magazine highlights a few photos of our Studio, including a pose of Maria that resulted the featured painting.

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One More Painting – My post from the time that we painted the highlighted photos from the magazine

Portrait Paintings

How are your proportions?

For all the times that I painted portraits, I found 2 ways to measure proportions: (1) use a stick, ruler, brush or similar device, or (2) simply start painting.

Measuring and calculating the proportions of a portrait is important—it will make or break a painting.

The problem for measuring occurs when models move—this is very natural—the measurements that were perfect seconds or days ago can be totally out of place.

So, for me, measuring too much takes away the experience of painting from life, so I don’t measure much. Once I am happy with the head size and the overall placement of the figure, it’s time for my army of brushes and paints to start the battle.

This is not to say that I don’t measure. I am constantly measuring while I am painting, but much of it based on judging whether or not I am able to capture the likeness.

Step 1: Fit the image
Step 2: Make changes to improve the initial drawing
Step 3: Add colors

Another Color Study

So I have been thinking. While it is easy to start painting with oil medium, it’s incredibly difficult to become great at oil painting, especially from life. They’re simply so much to learn, not to mention the need to master the draftsmanship required to attempt painting from life models. Then comes a series of oil colors that have all different properties.

And, hundred years of tracing from photos or other mechanisms have ruined—or have enhanced—the entire experience of painting from life.

The pandemic have allowed me to work using digital tools. I have to say I had no desire or inspiration to paint from life before, but I learned that many great artists used photo references to paint, which I found interesting.

Now that we are back in the studio, I now have renewed enthusiasm and appreciation for painting from life and live interaction with professional models and the entire experience.

This particular pose was super interesting, not only because it was all completed from life, but using natural light. You see, because of construction, our studio skylight had been closed for a few years.


How to Paint a Better World

I have made some significant and noticeable—more from the perspective of how I paint—improvements since coming back to paint at the league after a month long break from it.

I have decided to focus all my attention to become the best painter I can be in shortest time possible. What’s the secret sauce? My answer: Paint more & fail quicker.

The shown portrait, titled ‘Peekaboo’ (Good reason why it is named the way it is, but I am not going to get into it now) was painted in 2 separate sessions. I probably could have finished on the first day, but I didn’t like some of the changes that I placed at the end of the first session. Next day, I fixed majority of it from memory, but I ended up looking at the live model for the last mile.