Thursday, April 29, 2010

(Not So) Self Taught Artists

I am largely teaching myself how to make art. I would say painting, but painting is easy and I went to a few classes on how to do that. (Thanks, Sarah) What I am trying to learn now is not taught in college. It is taught in ateliers of classical artists all around the globe. Unfortunately for me, I can't go to an atelier because I have a serious life to lead right here in my own little town raising sweet munchkins. And there are no classical artists or art schools here. Wha? Huh? I know, really! Phoenix is the 6th largest city in the country and you would think someone with classical training would move here, but NOooooo.

So, my education is limited to what I find on the internet and practice on my own at home. I am amazed at what I am learning and would like to show you some of the artists I have found who think are doing what I am doing. Maybe there is hope for me yet!

All the art on this post is from the lovely, talented artist Kate Stone . She is amazing and is only 23 years old. She started exhibiting and winning awards in 2006. And on her website she doesn't list any formal training so I think she didn't go to school. Actually, she is married to art instructor, David Gluck, who teaches at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto. I think she went there. Dangit, I was hoping that I could do this without going to an atelier!
Although, Canada in the summer would be nice...
She was born in America but lives in Canada. She is storming the portrait scene up there and was even featured in a tv show called "Star Portraits". She got to paint Debbie Travis.

Sweet. I'd love to draw like that, but I don't have the first clue how to do it. What paper is that? I only know about sketch books and pencil. I don't think that is pencil.

Some people say, "Why don't you go to ASU?" If I were to go to a university, I would be told not to paint like this. I would be told to "paint what I feel". Well, I "feel" like painting what I "see". Then adding a little juice to it. Isn't this painting delicious? It just glows. Kate got it right. Atelier training is the way to go.

Look at those HANDS! For Pete's sake woman! Bring your husband and move here and teach me how to do that! The real estate prices are incredible. I will personally find you a house. And the weather is much better than freezing cold Canada.


The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

She is wonderful! Thank you for the link. Don't get discouraged; just keep drawing. I took a 30+ year hiatus from my art to raise my family and am trying to make up for lost time to realize my artistic dreams before the inevitable. I have taken classes whenever and wherever I can, determined to grow and develop as best I can with the time given me. You might want to check out this link to see if there is an atelier close by for you to study, even if it's a part time status:
Good luck and thanks again for this link.

Tamara Nixon said...

You are so talented girl!! I agree with your comment about taking classes at ASU. I am afraid to put Katrina in Art Masterpiece because they might change the way she draws little girls which is so cute but slightly animated.

liztunder said...

"What paper is that? I only know about sketch books and pencil. I don't think that is pencil."
I don't know what paper it is, but you can use regular ol'colored paper to practice on. It looks like she is using charcoal. That would be my guess, because I've had to do that for a class. Black and white charcoal on a colored paper will do that.

-Brittany Tryon

David Gluck said...
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Kate Stone and David Gluck said...

The drawing was done with a very sharp graphite pencil and white chalk on Ingres paper. My husband just stumbled across this page and I am flattered and a bit embarrassed, but thank you very much. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any other questions about process.
Great portrait of your son-in-law, by the way.