At the end of June I completed my latest self portrait and along with it my apprenticeship with Anthony Waichulis. As my diploma states, I have "successfully completed The Ani Art Academies' Apprenticeship Program as an accomplished journeyman." It feels fitting to end my apprenticeship with a self portrait as I also started with one. This also gives me an opportunity to compare my current and previous work over the years with consistent subject matter, and what a difference it's made!
oil on panel
The Journeyman is a self portrait which expresses the artist's journey toward mastery. The objects surrounding the central subject represent learned skills and crafts that serve as creative inspiration. A self portrait painted 3 years prior appears on the left in homage to the early part of the artist's journey.
I'm working on color charts this week! It's great working with a full color palette and making the chart has been enjoyable so far!
I recently joined an online portrait drawing group to get back into portraiture! Hopefully these weekly drawings will help me improve my drawing speed and serve as a nice break with all the academy repetitions I've been doing.