Every term I set myself a little goal to work towards, edges, flowers, values, whatever it may be. I use that goal as my main focus on all of my studies throughout the term. Of course this term is no exception however I cast my net a little wider and wanted to focus on making my Friday figure class study into more of a story or scene. I’ve always been drawn to The Orientalists style of paintings in terms of their stories, a familiarity with my own culture and religion as well as how decorative some of the elements are even in their architecture.
On Fridays we usually have a 10 week pose which we set, the goal during Ann’s Friday class has always been to focus on composition and the painting as a whole and not just the rendering side of the figure or portrait painting. For this term Ann chose a beautiful Velazquez painting for our model Arnold to emulate for the class.
Although the pose and subject matter is stunning I wanted to go down a more orientalist route with my painting. Pulling references by Rudolf Ernst I have begun to paint in one of his backgrounds behind my figure painting. There are only a handful of places I could really visualise a semi nude figure sitting comfortably in a scene without making it kitsch. So he is now a semi nude carpet salesman! …You may not want to purchase carpets from him in the future but you will believe it is a perfectly plausible scene captured.
I believe ultimately what I have discovered through the development of this painting is more the direction I would like to go in as a painter in the future. Although the background is not finished yet I plan on completing it over half term so for the rest of the 5 week pose I can tweak areas that need to be adjusted to make him look like he is actually a part of that background. The end goal is not to necessarily render everything up to perfection but tell a convincing story as a whole and use this as a reference for other paintings I would like to develop in the future.
Reference: Rudolf Ernst
Felicia Forte, Red Light No 1, oil on canvas, 24 x 24” (60.9 x 60.9cm)
Felicia attended the Art Students League of New York in 2006, moving next to San Francisco, Ca where she began her career as a private instructor of painting and a fine artist. She has worked full time as an artist since 2010, exhibiting in many shows nationally and internationally including The BP Portrait Award in 2015 and 2018 for which she was awarded second prize. She has been featured in podcasts and publications including The Huffington Post, Dazed Magazine, and three articles in Artists & Illustrators Magazine UK 2020.
We are delighted to announce that Felicia will be returning to the studios for a workshop in February 2022. Email to find out more
In the meantime, Felicia has been painting and writing for magazines.
Courtesy of Artists & Illustrators Magazine 2020
Courtesy of Artists & Illustrators Magazine 2020see other visiting artits
Painting and drawing bring us the pleasure of creating and catching the moment. Both artistic endeavours help to ease stress, stimulate creativity and cultivate emotional growth. By all definitions these activities make excellent hobbies.
But have you ever thought about making them a career choice? Apart from the moral
satisfaction artistic pursuits can bring, people can also make significant financial gains. Specialists from Jooble the second biggest job search engine worldwide, have prepared a list of well paid jobs that utilise the skills of painting and
Average salary: £32,000
An animator produces drawings either physically or digitally in a sequential order so that the end result is a moving image. This type of artistry is increasingly digital with contemporary animators using powerful software to generate the required content for a client.
There is a wide variety of sectors that animators can be required for including videos, film, television, video games and even mobile devices. They must often develop storyboards which
maps out projects for the script and narrative context, so creative flair and the ability to sketch outlines by hand is quite essential. Animators today do not have to be exceptional artists in their own right with the advent of graphic software, but they do need to have an educated eye to successfully bring the concept to life.
Average salary: £24,000 per year
An overwhelming majority of people perceive information visually and process it quickly. That’s why creating effective channels of communication using catchy images, logos and signs remains an important business task. By producing clear visual concepts, graphic designers promote the value of particular products, ideas or projects. Websites, presentations, brochures or videos — all of these things have to be visually attractive and self-explanatory. Graphic design has many fast developing branches and offers a variety of career paths which why it remains popular and well paid.
Average salary: £29,000 per year
An illustrator is an artist who creates original artwork for commercial purposes such as books, logos, product packaging and also online content. They can work with various mediums that artists traditionally use but can also use digital or graphic illustration to produce their output. In many ways this career is closely related to graphic design as modern illustrators often produce physical and then electronic renderings of their work so a working knowledge of graphic design is a benefit here. Illustrators often specialise in certain fields such as lifelike medical illustrations, or more cartoon type styles for children literature. Building a portfolio of niche content can give you an audience for your chosen style and preference for illustration.
Average salary: £41,000 per year
The art of painting on the human body decoratively may be controversial but is still very impressive. Similar to other artists, specialists in this area have to be creative, attentive to details and highly skilled. The big difference between tattoo artists and other colleagues in the field is that they use indelible inks instead of regular tints. They must also abide by strict health regulations aimed at ensuring client safety as a top priority.
Another important task tattoo artists must contend with is consulting with clients who want permanent body art prior to its creation. Profound expertise on the size, colours and placement of the design is essential since the result is not easily modified. Tattoo artists may also do a few less creative jobs such as scheduling appointments and negotiating prices.
Average salary: £28,000 per year
Even a short funny movie clip you send to your friends can be the result of arduous effort, all done by video editors. To produce consistent video footage specialists have to bring together thousands of small pieces, then make them look integrated and exciting. This work requires creating nice pictures accompanied by suitable sounds and graphic effects. A video editing specialist needs to have a clear vision of the final picture, so an ability to sketch some elements quickly and properly would assist in this type of career path.
Average salary: £36,000 per year
Have you ever walked down the street and caught yourself thinking that the surrounding area looks inviting and aesthetically pleasing? If people feel safe, easily interact and can subconsciously navigate in public spaces, landscape architects have done a great job. They are the very people who design, plan and supervise the visage of big urban and rural areas. Such specialists focus primarily on outdoor spaces and create the peaceful coexistence of habitats for both nature and humans. Landscape designers work differently and are mainly focused on residential projects. It goes without saying that architecture involves a good command of specialised software. An ability to picture the future landscape where human activity meets nature remains the core skill for both job types.
Note: This position requires a relevant degree accredited by the Landscape Institute.
Average salary: £68,000 per year
Restoring pieces of art is an honourable and respected job. Public attention to the past is constantly growing. Preservation of heritage has become an indispensable element of culture, politics, economy and even fashion. Therefore, the demand for such specialists is consistently
Art restorers don’t have to be as great at painting as the artists, whose masterpieces they save. However, such specialists need to understand all subtleties of ancient technologies and take
the best measures to repair damages with minimal intrusion. There is almost no room for error, so even small technical steps require thorough examination of each piece, preparation and research. However, this responsibility pays off. The niche is traditionally quite small and if you build a good reputation for yourself, clients would be generous with remuneration.
Note: To work in this field, one should have a degree in Art Conservation or a closely related
An analysis conducted by Jooble seeds the idea that although a good command of various software has become an absolute must-have for many artistic jobs, painting and drawing skills remain core requirements that successful specialists should have.
A proverb says, ‘To be happy people should turn their job into art’. As we see it, art itself could be an exciting and lucrative career choice.
Where Are You Really From – Habib Hajallie
Wells Art Contemporary 2021’s call for entries is now open!!!
Artists working in any medium are invited to apply for inclusion in this year’s exhibition.
Entry closes on the 25th May 2021 so make sure you get your application in before the deadline! Selected works will be shown in the iconic Wells Cathedral as well as featuring in a dedicated virtual gallery.
David recently wrote an article on painting in abstract and expressive ways. Within it, he gives instructions on how to prepare your palette and canvas, and command your marks and colours to paint in a more expressive manner. He even gives his own top tips on paint mixing and colour selection.
David will be returning to the studio from November 29th to December 4th. On December 2nd, we will be hosting a painting demo and Q&A session for David. Email Emma
firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
For our last lockdown competition, we asked our students to send us a couple of paintings or drawings which they felt represented what they’d learnt at the studios. It could be a cast drawing, portrait, figure or landscape and it didn’t have to have been created at the studios. Thank you to all those who participated in the last competition. We have been so impressed by all of the drawings and paintings which have been submitted over the last 6 weeks. Well done all!…
Cristina is this week’s winner
Cristina has been studying at the studios for a number of years and has recently caught the flower painting bug! She regularly attends Nneka’s still life classes and she submitted her lovely painting as she feels that it represents her biggest achievement of painting roses.
Many congratulations Cristina!see all competition winners
For our fifth lockdown competition, we asked our students to paint eggs using the Zorn palette. We had some great submissions!…
Madeline is this week’s winner
Madeline has followed the brief and included some other lovely objects alongside her little egg!
For our fourth challenge, our students were asked to paint a figure using the Zorn Palette. If partners were not prepared to model! – students were still able to paint a still life instead. This weeks challenge was about designing the whole. We had some great submissions:
Howard is this week’s winner
He closely followed the brief and produced a thoughtful painting of his daughter.
Many congratulations Howard!
We’ve loved seeing how creative our students have been during lockdown! For our third challenge, our students were asked to paint a portrait using Zorn’s palette. Thank you to everyone for your wonderful portraits. As always we had lots of great submissions.
Thank you to everyone who submitted their portraits.
We were really impressed with Chris and Oliver’s self-portraits, for the paint quality, the likeness, and the courage to sit in front of a mirror.
Toby is our winner this week
He closely followed the brief and produced a wonderfully sensitive portrait of his friend David.
Many congratulations Toby!