It’s not ALL about the letters. .
This is me getting off the treadmill of life going nowhere. This year, I’ve been diving into what God has for me like never before. I’m expectant for the Lord to grow me and expand my horizons beyond the letter.
That’s a wrap L.A.! Flying back home after a wonderful journey painting 10 #2hourportraits @theotherartfair over four days. Thank you for such a warm welcome!!! Stay tuned, L.A. I’ll be back in October to paint more portraits in La Brea!
It's been almost a year since I started the drawing year at Grand Central Atelier, NY. So why did I start a whole new program again even though I just obtained a bachelor's degree in Fine Art Painting from Academy of Art University? 👇🏼
Many people were telling me not to go through with it. Many of my teachers were satisfied with my technique as is. Everybody was warning me that I will just waste my time. Already I was making a living off my art for a couple of years and now finally I was able to become a full time painter, but nope. I decided to come back to school again and to tell you the truth it wasn't psychologically an easy decision for me. 📚
But I did it. I always was feeling like there was some sort of art philosophy or method deeper than anything else I can find. There was a great mystery to me in the drawings and paintings of GCA. I felt like I won't be able to become the artist I want to become without opening this secret. 🕯
So what is so special about this school? Objectively, it's the best Atelier of realistic art in the world. Every year they accept just 10 people give or take, based on your performance and a personal interview with the founder Jacob Collins. So today just out of all four years there are a total of 36 students beside me studying at this Atelier. And what then? We're doing black magic! Just kidding. We learn science. Physics of light, color, forms, illusions found in nature, naturalism, biology, anatomy and many other things. 🌈
The atmosphere of the school is something really special which just makes me believe more and more that we are participating in some kind of cult over here. We use only north facing natural light. No photos or anything to assist drawing are allowed such as protectors or grids. Everything is pretty simple. It's just you, pencil, paper and nothing else. 🙌🏼
Please let me know if you are interested in my experience with this or my previous school? I think it might be fun to compare them. 🤔
Photo credit: @annagribtsova_ph