Last week I took a bus up to NYC and visited a good friend of mine who also graduated from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His name is Arc Manoro Niles (awesome name) and his work is pretty great as well! He’s graduating from the New York Academy of Art and was kind enough to give me a complete tour around the place. It’s good to travel around to different cities and see what other artists are up to. I feel that it keeps you sharp and challenged in your own studio practice. We visited three floors chock full of art, met lots of students, and walked around the lovely Tribeca neighborhood where the school is located.
I came back wanting to paint! Sometimes it’s good to step away for a while to give yourself creative space, to think, ponder what you’re making your art about, and think about what you’re doing. So when you go back into the studio, you come back with more focus, more excitement, and clarity.
A particularly funny yet technically good painting I saw there called “Justin Bieber has feelings too”. I liked the pink glitter frame, what can I say?
While in NY I stopped by the Arcadia Contemporary exhibition of women’s work. My favorite artist there was Alessandra Peters. Check out her use of charcoal drawing and gold leaf. It’s extraordinary.
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