Last week of the 2nd year!

Wow i would almost get nostalgic if I weren’t so exhausted :D. It’s not so much the work-load, hell no, not the workload haha (I’m too lazy to get stressed out by that), it’s just the constant pressure you get from the instructors and peers and yourself of course. Always pushing, pushing pushing, without a clear understanding where you are headed to. Part of the program seems to be that you give up the control over when you leave a project in order to let them decide where the finish is. That is something that hasn’t been so much the case in Florence, where it seems the tolerance for the level of your cast or whateverproject is much lower and instead there is more projects to work through (I rushed through the cast-stage back then, not that I mind, I learned what I wanted with the figure anyway). But yeah, much to learn it is just very frustrating when you see almost no fruits from the training that is pretty much consisting of looking for tiniest transitions and squeezing out that little bit of effect out of the key while at self-training, while doing something new every day and experimenting and doing quick scetching, the progress is so much more visible and tangible. I look forward doing that in the vacation, also there is a lot of reflecting to do. Kind of feel like I’m left behind the professional painters here, those that had years of training before coming to this school and all of a sudden I am supposed to keep up, understanding the dynmics of mixing paints, of using brushes while I have no clue whatsoever what exactly I am doing. There is light at the end of the tunnel though, The instructors, especially Joakim have been immensely helpful in giving me pointers how to proceed for the next 10 years. Figure it takes me that long to implement all that advice.

Well for now just some mediocre portraits I churned out, I guess the likeness is okay but the rest is very questionable. I am just glad that I am off off the grisaille-palette now. In the next trimester, I will be allowed to begin in limited plette with yellow ochre, white, black and red I recon. Just adding another impossible layer of complexity over the experience that is painting-.


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