Practice

img_9735I’m slowly making some progress with the painting, interspersed with helping Sam with a second wood-shop workbench for the little space next to the studio. Clearly the face was better before, so I’ll need to pay closer attention to it in order to make it work properly. I’m altering the position of the hands a little to accommodate the shape of the bear’s head; no surprise here, I knew I should expect to make these changes. 

It never ceases to impress me that working en grisaille then adding colour glazes is such an efficient way of painting.

My summer school drawing students are a pleasant group. I’ve been enjoying showing them the delights of Vitruvian proportion. Although Vitrivius is god-like in his stature to figurative artists, nevertheless he was not entirely infallible, with at least one facial measurement in his system appearing to be sketchy at best. He remains incredibly helpful all the same. I find it deeply satisfying that there are geomantic reasons for well balanced buildings being based upon the proportions of the human body, more so because the ideas that were used over two millennia ago continue to apply to us now, emphasizing the similarity between us and our ancestors of the classical world.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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