Monday, June 30, 2008

Robert Barrett

Not only am I a teaching assistant for Robert Barrett, but I am a big fan as well. I mostly love watching him draw, but I also enjoy listening to him talk. He is extremely knowledgeable and eloquent with his words. His humble personality and thoughtful character are what make him a great example to me, not to mention his outstanding drawing abilities and designer skills. Check out his web site,

Saturday, June 14, 2008


I really loved this painting Portrait of a Man by Anotnio Mancini. I saw it in the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard in Boston just recently and got a rough snapshot of it. I love the realistic, yet painterly quality of the piece. It is so much better in real life. Sargent's A Venetian Woman in a Scarlet Shawl hung right beside it, and I couldn't help but sit and stare at the two. There were other Mancini paintings in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. I would like to go to Philadelphia on my next trip where there are a few more.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Bargue drawing update

I have been working on my first Bargue drawing for over one month now. My last few working days have gone really well though, and I'm feeling good about it. Working on the Bargue challenges my patience and requires me to slow way down. It's almost like some kind of therapy in which I literally have to - or rather, get to - forget about everything that is going on in my life. When I'm drawing, that's all I have to think about. It's really a neat experience. I can't wait to be done, but I am enjoying the daily learning I get from working on it.

Mark Stahmann works at Bill Whitaker's studio also and gave me a miniature lesson on Bargue and cast drawings. Check his drawings from the Angel Academy out on his web site