Xmas message 2018

In 2018 I took the academy in a different direction by drastically reducing student intake, and putting all my attention on improving the quality of results for existing students.

The result was the Gallery Quality painting stream.

Freed from the need to start each lesson with the basics, we could delve much more deeply into the ideas, techniques and execution of each painting.

Western Culture - Image ©2018 Peter Inglis - www.inglisacademy.com
Part of my timeline of Western Culture.

Everybody in the GQP program has showed great:

  1. Curiosity about Art.
  2. Problem solving skills.
  3. Ability to learn.
  4. Compatibility with the dynamics of a small class.

My most heartfelt thank you to all my loyal clients who have helped make this new program a resounding success!

Just how good was it? Here is some of your feedback. What a moving manifestation of the human spirit! I feel privileged to be witness to it.

What is in store for 2019?

  • Sketching
  • Figure Drawing (people)
  • Portraits
  • Floral - from real setups in the studio
  • Pop Art

Drawing courses at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Sketching

Drawing courses at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Figure drawing

Portrait classes at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Portraits (My excerpt from Renoir's "The Boating Party").

Drawing courses at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Floral - from real floral setups in the studio!

Pop Art classes at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Pop Art

Pop art  courses at Inglis Academy - Image ©2018 Peter Inglis - www.inglisacademy.com
Note the bigger canvas size that is available, 60 x 90 cm - another new feature!

Plus more and more of our staple diet:

  • Van Gogh
  • Monet
  • Cezanne and
  • Aussie Landscapes

Timeline of Van Gogh, Monet and Cezanne - Image ©2018 Peter Inglis - www.inglisacademy.com

Due to requests from you guys I've put together what will probably be the most demanding | rewarding class we've ever done : Sketching 101. (Yes, I reward you guys with even greater challenges = more hard work = more satisfaction and self growth.)

" If it is humanly possible and corresponds to human nature, know that it is attainable by you as well."
Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome 161-180 A.D.

Have a great Xmas and I look forward to watching your painting improve even more in 2019!

Peter Inglis
Peter Inglis

Loretta's Vermeer

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - a student painting at Inglis Academy

Loretta produced a great Vermeer in just one lesson.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - a student painting at Inglis Academy

How did Loretta achieve such an astounding result? Because she was able to:

  1. Solve problems
  2. Discard strategies that didn't work
  3. Listen to me (for good strategies)
  4. Follow instructions

It ain't rocket science! Although Loretta is an actual scientist. Her daily work requires an objective approach problem solving.

So in art, we learn expressive subjective feelings via objective means!

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - a student painting at Inglis Academy
Loretta's Vermeer!

Great work Loretta!

Sketching Vermeer

I want to show you the kind of sketches we create when putting together a portrait painting.

In this case the painting is Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665".

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - an initial sketch

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - an initial sketch
Mapping the negative space.

Notice how unlike drawings they are!

A sketch is a problem solving exercise.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665
Sketch painting.

We start with a few quick sketches to enable us to see the structure of the face.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665
Negative space helps us place the portrait on the canvas.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665
Learning how to rotate a cube in space helps us find the postion of the eyes, nose and mouth.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665
Perspective: finding the vanishing point.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665
Looking for the many nested curves.

These processes are antithetical to the absolute nonsense promulgated about Vermeer by David Hockney and Tim Jenison of 'Tim's Vermeer' infamy.

Hockney and Jenison propose that Vermeer and other Baroque masters relied heavily on optical devices to create their stunningly realistic paintings.

Look what one of my students produced in just 4 hours, using her ability to listen, think and paint.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - a student painting at Inglis Academy   Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - a student painting at Inglis Academy
Read more: Loretta's Vermeer

Paint Vermeer: 'Girl with the Pearl Earring'.