I figured it’s way past time to show you all the work that was the reason I went to Europe in the first place. As you all know, I was there studying art, and I took a few classes. My favorite by far was my intermediate painting class with Rossana Pinero. She’s an amazing artist and lives in Florence, and you should all go google her right now. I’m serious. I’ll wait.
Okay, so I made quite a few things while I was over there, but I’m just going to show my top four for today. Maybe another day I’ll show my sketches and that kind of thing. Here are my four favorite paintings I made in Florence!
This was our portrait assignment. This model was a young woman who moved to Italy from the Ivory Coast and was working in Florence as a translator. She was really nice and very interesting. She read a book while sitting for us, which is why her eyes are downcast. Working with her was great for me first of all because she was such an interesting person, but also because I haven’t had a chance to work with a model with such dark skin before. I don’t think I quite did her justice around the face. You’re supposed to leave the darker areas very thin and build up the lighter areas with thicker paint, but I had trouble keeping the dark parts from being transparent so it ended up being too thick. Even so, it’s one of my favorite paintings I’ve done and she was a pleasure to work with. Hopefully I’ll have an opportunity soon to get more practice with darker skin tones.
This woman is not from Africa, that’s just her name. She sat for our figure project. I had a lot of fun experimenting with the background with this one, and Africa was good for me to work with because of her olive skin tones. I usually practice skin looking at myself or at one of my sisters or my roommate, but we all have blue, yellow, or red undertones. Africa’s undertones are green (Aliya’s were purple), so it was great practice.
I hate self portrait assignments. I find them dull. So I painted myself sleeping, which was rather rude of me, but Rossana loved it. And I really like it now too. It’s the first piece on my portfolio.
This was my final project. In the center of the skyline is the Florence Cathedral, which defines Florence’s cityscape, but with this picture, I was trying to reference Florence without painting Florence. I spent a whole semester immersed in the idea of a global community, so that’s what I tried to paint.
Thanks for reading! None of these paintings are up on my Etsy page yet, but there’s lots of other stuff there to look at. I’ll try to get these up in the next few days.