January 19, 2017

Building the dream

It is the new year and I am beginning to build a new venture. I have waited a year since dreaming up this dream and now I have the keys and I'm opening a private Atelier and hopefully you can join me.

Busy Bunny.  It takes a lot of work and even more money to put this together but someone said to me "do not compromise on your dream" so thats how I'm going about it.  I posted a new episode to bring the new year in and to introduce the space have a look:
Here are two pano shots of the empty room as I accepted it the day I got my keys.

I have about 800 sq. ft with bright North facing windows high on the fourth floor and looking onto the city. The building in a gold leed approved. My studio is housed in a turn o the century heritage school building. You can research the cSPACE King Edward Project to find out more.
 The north facing windows are perfect for a painter, they allow a constant light throughout the day and if I need I can open them at the top to let a breeze in, though as you can see there are good air filters in the room on both sides of the windows to help airflow and to cut down on the scent of art materials.
The chalkboards are original slate and all the doors and woodwork are heritage elements I am a steward to protect. The ceiling is very high and I need a ladder in order to reach the picture railing.
And why would I have to reach up there?......
To paint of course. I wanted to have a restful green for my atelier theme. The bright is to white and aggressive. I got this chicken drop colour in high quality Benjamin Moore donated to me, so the paint is free and so are my efforts. I had to protect all the hardwood and tape all the outlets before I could begin. I know every inch of this space now.
I left one wall white so I can project on it and continued the "temple gris" below the chair railing around the room. Im really happy with how it turned out and what the colour looks like with the wood.
So it went from big, bright and empty to.....
Just right as it turns to night.

Now to move in everything and get some furniture in here!!!

I began building a website in my spare 5 min, still a work in progress but you can sign up for updates at Http://Atelierartista.com

December 28, 2016

How do you say "Bunny" in Polish?

I was commissioned by my best friend to make a special Christmas gift for the niece. She really loves her Bunny stuffy and they figured making an original piece of art celebrating it would make a great gift and more than likely last longer than the stuffed toy. I included my process below.

Sketching this a number of times, this piece gave me a surprising challenge, how to capture the essence of a simple stuffed toy. Once I got the sketch right I increased the design to fill the area to be painted.
I traced the design and transferred it with tracing paper and light grey chalk onto a Baltic birch panel.
I locked down the drawing and added a basic value map with a wash of warm Burnt Sienna paint.
I added middle value lights and darks in grey for my dead colour layer.
I then did some big form modelling in lighter and darker greys to create more form and coloured in the nose.
I knocked back the cool grey with a warm yellowish fur applied with thick strokes of paint to give the effect of the feeling of her soft plush toy.
I added details and brought back the outline with Burnt sienna to help pop the image off of the remaining wooden support. finally I signed and dated it on the back and added picture hanging supplies to the back, wrapped it and delivered it.  I heard she loved it and her mom was so appreciative she shed a tear. Win for the arts!!!

December 1, 2016

"Master Painting" overview

I taught a course I designed titled "Master Painting" at the Alberta College of Art and design again this year.  It is based on my work, as well as on the Art study/ research trip I took to Italy and more.
Here is an overview of the work completed in the course by my fabulous students! We cover the Flemish technique, Venetian technique and French academic and a whole lot more! It is such a dense course with demos, presentations and practical advice. In my course we build and prep our stretchers, ground our supports, do masters copies, and a whole lot more,  I cant divulge too much here but take a look at some of the 32 pics I snapped throughout the semester.

If you are interested in learning stuff like this contact me through my website: http://brianbatista.com

Colour theory final review.

We reached the end of my Colour theory for painters course at ACAD and I did a final class discussion and review to see what they remember and to build these crazy whiteboard notes based on their retention.
 Below are a few pics of some of the final projects etc.

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