Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Florence Academy of Art

This past April and May, I traveled to Italy to work in an intensive painting program at the renowned Florence Academy of Art.

The courses were conducted by the realist painter Jura Bedic, a principal instructor who began mastering his technique in Florence at the young age of 18 years. Jura believes a work of art must offer the textures, colors, and tones to one’s eyes to become something more than just an illusion. He truly is a master painter and I was quite lucky to have his tutelage.

Moving forward as an artist in the world will always be a constant goal. The experience I had at the academy changed me. I now work with more increased observation, looking for the subtle aspects of form and space, creating paintings which access deeper sensitivity.

 

Detail of a figure painting, oil on canvas.

Detail of a figure painting, oil on canvas.

Detail of a portrait, oil on canvas.

Detail of a portrait, oil on canvas.

Detail of a portrait, oil on canvas.

Detail of a portrait, work in progress, oil on canvas.

My model, easel, and work in progress.

My model, easel, and work in progress.

Work in progress, oil on canvas.

Work in progress, oil on canvas.

Early each morning, I walked to the art studio along the beautiful Arno River.

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore.

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