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Nationality: American
Course: Painting and Drawing
Program: One-Year Course
Period: Jan. 14, 2019 - Jul. 26, 2019

Art has always been an immense passion and influence in my life. From a young age, drawing, coloring, and painting would help me express myself and feel free. I grew up pursuing an education like my peers --graduating high school in the U.S. and moving on to college. I knew all along that there was something bigger waiting for me.
I never dreamt I could pursue my passion professionally, but after being given this opportunity at Accademia Riaci in beautiful Italy, it seems more than possible. With the help of a few well-known professionals in Florence, I can continue to learn and blossom as an artist.

Jul. 26, 2019 | Posted in Blog, Painting and Drawing , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Kristin FIORVANTI | Course: Painting and Drawing

Painting Drawing vol.10 (One-year 2019 – Kristin)

After completing my acrylic piece in Prof. Puccioni’s class, I gave her the exciting news about the upcoming exhibition. I told her that I wanted to do pieces inspired by Spring, like the oil paintings I’d started. Her and I were both excited to use “happier” colors.
After deciding on a floral arrangement photo, we put to use the pin-poke transfer technique. First, I used transfer paper to trace the image. Then I used a pin to poke tiny holes along the tracings. These holes are used to transfer pigment onto another surface. In this case, the surface is black, so I must use white chalk pastels over the holes for it to appear on the dark surface underneath.

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This wouldn’t be my first time using pastels. I also started a self-portrait with this medium earlier. I’ve come to really appreciate chalk pastels and their flexibility. However, self portraits are not so easy. Even with much training in portrait drawing, I think self-portraits are another monster to tackle. Proportions are more difficult if you’re drawing from life (in a mirror) because you must stay completely stiff; you can’t turn your head and you must remember your facial expression and position. Alessandro was happy to help me with this.

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