i've been..

learning from Oldrich Teply at The Art Students League of New York is an interesting experience. his approach is to paint in blocks of color values (light to dark, dark to light) and not sweat the details too much. as you can see, he focuses mostly on contrast and does not shy away from a strong line demarcation between colors. he probably painted this within three hours:

Oldrich Teply, Helaine, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

watching Teply work for the first time was impressive to say the least. what takes me two hours takes him five minutes or less. when he stops by my easel and and 'fixes' my painting, i feel both inadequate and appreciative. so far i've completed two portraits (one per week), and i thought it'd take the entire month just to finish one. the class paints with a live model (no nudes yet), and even though it's blasphemy to paint from a picture, i think i'll try that on my own.

the medium oil is easy to blend and erase when one needs to fix a mistake, but it drives me mad that i can't work on something until it dries. i'm also not yet understanding the 'planning' part of painting with oil. despite the complaints, i'm addicted, and will probably continue studying at the League through the summer :)


Blogger Leigo said...

i really like that place "the art student leaque". also took an oil painting class a while ago. felt very artsy walking into the building!

8:54 AM  
Blogger six2six said...

cool, are you gonna post pictures of your painting?

11:22 AM  
Blogger aingeal is said...

hmm, mb :)

12:17 PM  

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