Friday, March 07, 2008

Clementine slices

"Clementine Slices"
Oil on panel, 6" X 8"

Studio 7

"Studio 7", oil on wood, 10" X 14"

I did this painting many, many years ago at
the Art Students League in New York.

It is a painting of Studio 7 in the ASL which was a great studio to paint in.
This is where I learned how to draw and paint in Frank Mason's class, it was full of history and the smell of that room was amazing, so many years of paint and turps.

Frank Vincent DuMond, Frank Mason and David Leffel all held their classes in this great space, Frank is still teaching in this very studio at age 86.

I loved that full sized plaster cast of Donatello's David that Frank rescued from the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. They were throwing out all these amazing plaster cast! It was the first thing that greeted you when you entered the class, it had seen a lot of abuse over the years, but it was great to paint and draw.
Also in this painting are the cast of Donatello's Dante, and Michelangelo's Day.

Michelangelo's Day

Michelangelo's Day
Oil on wood, 6.5" X 7.5"

This is a small oil on wood study that I did during my years studying with Frank Mason at the Art Students League in New York.

The painting cracked, I am not sure why this happened but it started doing this a few months after I painted this and it's been stable ever since.

We had a lot of great plaster cast to draw from and paint.
Frank did not teach site sizing, we drew and painted to get the action, proportions, perspective and light effect.

I think if I remember correctly there was something in the order of 10 to 15 casts, the largest was Mercury seen in the interior.