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Artists Rally For An Education

March 23, 2014
MAGAZINE
ART | TRADITIONAL

Artists Rally For An Education

Chelsea Classical Studio
Holds Portrait Rally Event

Text & Photos by Bill Indursky
WITH ADDITIONAL PHOTOS BY Callie Lasch
March 23, 2014

For one night, four top New York Realist painters came together for a three hour portrait of a single model.  The event, sponsored by Chelsea Classical Studio (CCS), a school of fine art based on the human figure in New York City, was founded in 2013 by artist Brandon Soloff and is an extension of ideas developed by himself and a close community of colleagues on artistic education during the last fifteen years.  “It is disappointing to me how many students stop learning after their basic training ends, never questioning or developing the methods they were taught.”  Soloff believes that art cannot be reduced to a series of formulas or steps and should be learned by the study of the artist’s materials, through the practice of basic skills, and the development of personal methods which play into ones natural tendencies.

The evening’s event featured artists Jon deMartin, Dan Thompson, Rick Piloco, and Brandon Soloff each demonstrating their materials and technique while painting a single black/hispanic male model under daylight bulbs, sitting on a throne-like chair.  The packed house of more than eighty people sat quietly observing in a semicircle of chairs positioned around the four artists.  “It is amazing how different each artist works—it was truly eye opening,” stated one of the onlookers who admitted that this was her first ever painting demonstration.  Besides the occasional newbie, the crowd was populated largely with all manner of students and other seasoned artists.  “What I found most surprising was a discussion during the Q&A break when I learned about a new medium I had never heard of—spike oil,” said one of the art students after the event.

Soloff said that the school will hold more of these types of events, inviting students and the general public who give a $20 donation at the door which includes admission for the three hour demonstration, Q&A half-time, a large snack offering and a variety of beverages.  He also added that due to the popularity of the evening, a larger space will be secured, as several people left early due to the tight quarters and difficulty seeing.

Four Views One Model

Brandon-Soloff-3

Brandon Soloff

Ground

– Traditional chalk oil ground
on cradled wood panel
– Tinted color of models middle skin tone

MEDIUM

– Distilled lavender spike oil
– Sun thickened oil

PAINT

– Raw umber
– Flake white

BRUSHES

– Small house paint brush
– 2 sizes of fan brush
– Various Filbert brushes
– Liner brush
– Brush handle (used to scratch)

TECHNIQUE

– Render large dark shapes
– Keep paint pliable and moveable but strong enough to not be wiped away
– Finish with slight build-up of lights.

Jon deMartin

Jon deMartin

GROUND

– Acrylic gesso ground on cotton duck stretched canvas
– Tinted darker than model’s skin tone

MEDIUM

– Linseed oil
– Turpentine

PAINT

– Various blue/purples
– Various umbers

BRUSHES

– White chalk pencil (underdrawing)
– Various straight brushes
– Liner brush

TECHNIQUE

– Draw Holgarth-like armature in white underdrawing, fixing perspective and contour
– Mass in large color planes in 2-3 simple tones, refine.

Rick Piloco

Rick Piloco

GROUND

– Oil ground on linen canvas
laid on board
– Tinted lighter than model’s skin tone

MEDIUM

– Distilled lavender spike oil
– Linseed oil

PAINT

– Flake white, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, ivory black, yellow ochre, various umbers

BRUSHES

– Various Round brushes

TECHNIQUE

– Alla Prima-style painting
– Cover all surfaces of figure with paint
– Define main planes
– Break down larger planes into several smaller planes

Dan Thompson

Dan Thompson

GROUND

– Acrylic gesso ground
over cotton duck stretched canvas
– Tinted 50% grey using Acrylic

MEDIUM

– Walnut oil
– Turpentine

PAINT

– Various blue/purples
– Various umbers

BRUSHES

– White chalk pencil (under drawing)
– Various straight brushes
– Liner brush

TECHNIQUE

– Large stroke gestural lines following directions of the figure
– Modeling of shadow and light shapes using hatch style strokes
– Add yellow light and blue shadow shapes
– Refine


About the author: Bill Indursky
Bill Indursky is an architect, trend expert, and digital entrepreneur. He is the former founder of V&M (Vintage & Modern (2006-2013)) and the current founder of Design Life Network (DLN). DLN is a MAGAZINE + DESIGN AGENCY + MARKETPLACE + TV CHANNEL promoting inspiring design of all eras online and on TV.


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