MFA Atelier Work and Benefit: Fall 2007

This fall, I began my Masters of Fine Arts at the New York Studio School. Although I studied at this school last year as a Certificate Student (2006-2007), I have found that the MFA program is considerably more challenging. Since enrolling at NYSS, my drawing and painting skills have developed considerably, thanks to my wonderful teachers and mentors. The following works are from my fall semester in Graham Nickson's Atelier. This post contains several of my atelier (studio) paintings as well as works for the Annual Benefit Dinner.
Atelier Work
In the beginning of the semester, we worked on small, quick paintings with varying limited palettes in order to familiarize ourselves with color, oil paint and the plastic language of painting. Towards the end of the semester, painted on an increased scale for longer periods of time.

 First Painting in Atelier
24" x 24" oil on canvas
September 2007



 Red, Yellow and Blue Elad
20" x 16" oil on canvas
September 2007





 Elad and Sharie
20" x 16" oil on canvas
September 2007




 Interior
 16" x 14" oil on canvas
October 2007




 Elad Interior
16" x 14" oil on canvas
October 2007



 Elad
12" x 12" oil on canvas
October 2007



 Torso
12" x 9" oil on canvas
October 2007



  Reclining Figures
12" x 9" oil on canvas
October 2007



 
 Interior Study
24" x 18" oil on canvas
October 2007



 
Sharie
12" x 9" oil on canvas
October 2007



Large paintings: Bathroom Series
The second half of the semester, we tackled large figure study paintings. Most likely influenced by our teacher's love of Pierre Bonnard and the upcoming Bonnard interiors show at the Met, our theme was bathrooms. I enjoyed parts of the experience painting these scenes, but overall I found it frustrating: if you changed one thing, you had to change the whole painting! And forget about color when you are studying with a teacher who loves Matisse. Sometimes I found myself painting a natural color, while at others, I painted color to indicate space. Rarely did I find myself doing one or the other exclusively, which fueled an anger that simmered within me during this process.


Two Women in the Bathroom
72" x 56" oil on canvas
November 2007


"Two Women in the Bathroom" (details) and my palette


Encounter in the Bathroom (shown in progress)
60" x 72" oil on canvas
December 2007
  
From red to purple (detail shots)


Encounter in the Bathroom (shown in progress)
60" x 72" oil on canvas
December 2007



 
Encounter in the Bathroom
60" x 72" oil on canvas
December 2007
Final Critique in December with John Dubrow
Yay! It's over!!!
Transcriptions for the 2007 NYSS Annual Benefit Dinner 
Every year the New York Studio School hosts a benefit dinner in order to raise money for the students. Artists donate works to sell in silent and live auctions and students make small and large-scale transcriptions to sell, based on a predetermined theme.
This year's theme was "The Door in Art." 
This year, I made transcriptions of Ducio, Lamidi, Matisse and Tintoretto. 
 Meeting on the Road to Erasmus (after Duccio)  9" x 12" oil on canvas
October 2007
 

Studies of Persian Miniatures  each: 9" x 12" oil on canvas
October 2007
 Procession at the Palace of Ooni
(after Lamidi's Idena Gatehouse, Africa) 
12" x 9" acrylic on canvas
October 2007
 



 Lover on the Balcony 
(after Matisse's Interior at Nice) 
12" x 9" oil on canvas
October 2007


 Removal of the Body of St. Mark (after Tintoretto)
12" x 9" oil on canvas
October 2007


Group Transcriptions: Velasquez and Tintoretto
In addition to painting several small transcriptions, my classmates and I made three monumental transcriptions based on Diego Velasquez's Las Hilanderas (The Spinners) and Las Meninas, and Tintoretto's Removal of the Body of St. Mark, which would later be hung in the large ballroom of the Benefit Dinner.   

 Two ladders were needed to reach all parts of the transcription


 
Will, Hiro and Hadley speak about the Las Hilanderas transcription




 Making the final touches




Ari, Will, Hadley and Hiro in front of Las Hilanderas


 Las Hilanderas transcription before added border









The finished piece with border





Will, Hiro and Sam (not pictured) work on a transcription of
Tintoretto's Removal of the Body of St. Mark





Hiro, Sam and Will





Giz and Leo work on Velasquez's Las Meninas


Las Meninas transcription, after Velasquez



Removal of the Body of St. Mark, after Tintoretto



Will, Sam and Hiro (in the dark) in front of their transcription.




Las Hilanderas at the Benefit Dinner



Will was my date to the benefit...but who is that creepy guy to my right?
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