FLORENCE ART ADVENTURE {1}

Here's a recap of my Florence Art Adventure so far:

Donna and I took a plane from Newark to Amsterdam to Florence. Everything went smoothly. Good job Delta! 

On Monday, our 15 minute morning walk took us to the steps of the Angel Academy of Florence where we met fellow painters who were eager, nervous, excited to learn about the Methods of Contemporary Painters. 

We are a beautiful mix of people who come from all walks of life. We are beginners to experienced, vacationers to students at the academy - AND we have one thing in common...we all want to learn.

Our 15 minute walk every morning takes us to the Angel Academy.

Our 15 minute walk every morning takes us to the Angel Academy.

Day 1: There are about 14 people in the class. Here we are getting ready for a portrait slideshow by our instructor Martinho Correira.

Day 1: There are about 14 people in the class. Here we are getting ready for a portrait slideshow by our instructor Martinho Correira.

Day 1: spent time prepping our canvases with burnt umber. Look how profesh!

Day 1: spent time prepping our canvases with burnt umber. Look how profesh!

Day 1 - Traced portraits so we practice separating light and shadow. 

Day 1 - Traced portraits so we practice separating light and shadow. 

Donna and I even got to share a booth, where we paint from a live model and do everything together, including selfies!

Day 2 - Martinho Correia (instructor) gives a portrait demo.

Day 2 - Martinho Correia (instructor) gives a portrait demo.

Day 2 -We start our warm up portrait - it's not the real one yet! During this time Martinho photographs the model (amazing Rony) so we can use it as a reference.

Day 2 -We start our warm up portrait - it's not the real one yet! During this time Martinho photographs the model (amazing Rony) so we can use it as a reference.

Day 3 - We do mini portraits so we get used to the color palette which we will be using for our portrait. It is Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cad Red Light, Red Umber, Raw Umber, Ivory Black, Green Umbre

Day 3 - We do mini portraits so we get used to the color palette which we will be using for our portrait. It is Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cad Red Light, Red Umber, Raw Umber, Ivory Black, Green Umbre

Day 3 - We make three color sketches of a possible portrait. This is done on mini 4 x 6 inch canvases. They are rough and simple and are supposed to help us decide on the overall feel of our final painting.

Day 3 - We make three color sketches of a possible portrait. This is done on mini 4 x 6 inch canvases. They are rough and simple and are supposed to help us decide on the overall feel of our final painting.

Time for a selfie! This was after day 1 when we finished creating the form of a sphere using flesh tones. Yahoo!

Time for a selfie! This was after day 1 when we finished creating the form of a sphere using flesh tones. Yahoo!

We have one more week to go. Hope you continue this journey with us.

Salute!

 

I am still learning.
— Michelangelo