Sunday, May 20, 2012

Welcome Back!!!

The International Portrait Society Conference and Competition is about to land in Philadelphia......and so is Snehal (Snae-hal) Page (Pah-gee)! She received a Certificate of Excellence for her painting, “Voluntary Simplicity”.




Snehal grew up in Puni, India and came to Incamminati about 2 ½-3 years ago. She told me once that the first thing that she learned here at Inc. was…h u m i l i t y.  A wonderful way to start her schooling here, and her career.

Humility...hmmm....makes me think of the other Incamminatite that got in to the PSOA competition....Stephen (Steve) Early......with his portrait "I Wanna Be Adored"....Interesting commentary on humility as well....



Interesting topic here.....just now seeing the parallel of the two paintings....must be the energy drink that I am imbibing...

Reminds me of one of the first few weeks when we were just starting out here at school in 2002.  The class, which included Kerry Dunn, Natalie Italiano, Steve (Stephen) Early, and myself, were all drawing in charcoal, in the classroom that later got dubbed "The Den".  A friend of Nelson's telephoned in on the front desk landline (!), where he picked up.  Quite obviously, because of how he answered, the person must have asked how it was going, because this is how Nelson responded to the question: "They're (us) getting humble."

Then there is the opposite.....humiliation....a few of us (OK...me!) used to hide in the back hallway, whenever N. came into the classroom for his regular drive-by crits....took me years at Incamminati to really get some authentic confidence and "braveurism*".  Jon de Martin once told me that you get real confidence in oneself when you start having consistent successes.

Got humility?  Ya gotta have it!

*Madame Morrible from the Broadway musical, "....., never mind, if you don't have a clue who that is, then just google it!  I'm supposed to be blogging about painting....not art!!??!!  (real-leee???)

Gotta get going....my house is a mess, and Snehal is staying here!
Just wrote this to Jay Varma, who is having some post-Incamminati success (for his most excellent drawings)......and was feeling a little squeemish about it:

OF COURSE YOU DESERVE THE RESPECT!!!!! AND THE PRAISE! so you have some fans, just get back to work....that's all. That's the secret to success....celebrate it, and then......g e t   b a c k   t o   w o r k!!!  That's how you earn success, and praise!


I have to get off the computer now, and get outside to some peonies that I have to paint for a commission, so I can earn the success I deserve....(and the $$$$!!!)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

OMG!!!!!!
I just had the most in-depth, lengthy fantabulous phone conversation with Nelson, about FINISHING A PAINTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have known Nelson since 1987 when I met him at the Art Students’ League, and became one of his students…..and to be quite honest…I’ve always been and always will be, in awe of him, and his work. I’ve been able to stifle the knocking of my knees (I try to always sit when talking in depth to him, but to this day, my heart is always in my throat…)
Whew, here we go……………!!!
I took notes, it was hard to keep up, so if you have any questions please send them to this post, and I will clarify them…..if I don’t know quite how to answer, I”ll get Nelson on the phone again!
First, and foremost……He uses finishing medium number 2 and 2 only and only Finish canvas # 1, and bristles only from his own animals that he hand-picks himself.…
Just kidding…ok here are my notes:
-First of all (seriously this time),“Finish” is not the word he likes to use, because most people think smooth polished painting is finish. Nelson likes the word “refine”.
-Finish is as finished is….its what the painter deems as finished, Some like to leave it as blobs of obvious color. Nelson said that he likes to do this on his sketches, and in his demos. Believe it or not, he has had people, including art dealers, tell him that they like his paintings in this state. (So nice to hear!!!! Don’t you hate it when people say that?!)
-Finish depends on the goal, again what the painter is searching for. For Nelson, it is the soul of the person, place and/or things that he is painting. You can have an unbelievable finish, refinement of technique, but unless you don’t have the feeling(s) you have nothing! This makes me think about American Idol….(forgive me, my secret is out….. I love this show!!!!) Whenever the judges are critiquing one of the singers on the show, they always talk about whether or not the contestant captured the feeling of the song.
For Nelson, refinement is also, of course, about the search for the values and the color between the more contrasting ones.
He hates, no, I know Nelson….he loathes overly polished paintings…..he finds them boring and unappealing. He says that they are over-manipulated, that the feeling of the painting has been severely diminished…..he says that these types of paintings were never started correctly…..they were “unstarted.”
I asked him about his technique, and this is what he said:
-he used painting an eye as an example of what he is looking for….he strives to get inside and behind the the person…into the depths of his/her soul…..you have to dig wayyyyyyyyy deep!!
He ended the conversation by saying that, and this is from his perspective:
-if you have the technique that we teach here at Incamminati, you have the ability to refine a painting properly…..you have your scales down and you can let the aria out!!
I love how this conversation about refining a painting was so-o--ooooo-o much about the ability to find the soul of the thing, place, person that you are painting(searching)! It is about one soul to another soul……(I’m gasping right here!) Don’t you just love that????!!!??
Thank-you so much, Nelson!!

Comments and questions puh-leez!!!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Stealing this idea from my own blog(http://robinfreyblog.blogspot.com/):

"It is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life, and it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. Perhaps then you might gain that rare tranquility that comes from knowing that you've had a hand in creating something of intrinsic excellence that makes a contribution. Indeed, you might even gain that deepest of all satisfactions knowing that your short time here on this earth has been well spent, and that it mattered." Jim Collins, From Good to Great

I love, love, love this quote!!!  It is my favorite quote of all times....for the time being....

What's your fave inspiring quote?  C'mon!!!  Comment!!!  I know you want to.....