I squeezed in a little painting today, mostly completing the ninth skull. I’m getting a little frustrated by my inability to carve out decent chunks of time in the studio to paint. Partly this comes from the time of year, with my students pre-occupied by registration for their classes and needing guidance, but also because I’m thoroughly enjoying teaching at the moment, spending a lot of time helping them to draw and paint better. We have challenging poses from our models that offer interesting technical challenges for the students to deal with and master.
In addition to this I’m beginning to feel the tug of the atelier as a realistic model for the university art department. I think we can pay ever greater attention to the fundamentals of technique and bring in an entire generation of students who are hungry for a training in studio work, so I want to feel out how these ideas go over to the students.
Paul’s sculpture of Richard Pederson has been completely encased in layers of silicon, fibreglass and hydrocal, in that order, then the mold removed to be bolted together ready for casting. We need to raise the funds for the work to be completed, including some money for Paul to return to work on the wax when it’s made. I have some pictures that I will post when I have more time.
Now I can clean out my garage and turn it into a small studio space for painting.