“While cadavers lack the characteristic of gesture, there is a nearly fantastical appreciation of the form sense, layer by layer,” Thompson says. “The study of the threading and composition of human form is an inexhaustible source of learning.”
“There are thousands of options every time you pick up a brush,” says Nancy Depew. “What will guide the decisions you make and what priorities will be revealed by those decisions? Those are the questions that fascinate me. My paintings are done only after I’ve resolved every question.”
If your drawing style falls within the category sometimes known as “Art Class Awkwardism,” you’ll want to see what this teacher has to say.
Filled with spirit, Katie Whipple shares her journey to Rome. “I was going to live in Italy, make master copies, study Italian history, and eat a lot of gelato. I had a plan . . . but in the first couple days of being in the Eternal City, I could see my carefully thought-out plans gracefully drifting down the Tiber.”
In a tiny corner of the art world, painters are sitting at their easels, squinting through magnifying lamps, working with very pointy brushes, to render fine art that you can usually hold in the palm of your hand. A few years ago I stumbled into that corner, and I have not really found my way out of it yet . . . Not that I’d want to.