PSA Spoof: "Talk to your Kids about Art School"

There is always a bit of truth in humor - which is why these spoof ads are so darn funny. 

Young artists are addicted, they spend hours and hours perfecting their craft. They can’t help 

Their parents are generally less enthused with their child’s artistic aspirations, wishing they’d go to school to become a doctor or a lawyer instead.

The College for Creative Studies “Talk to your kids about art school” campaign plays up the duality of this relationship by mimicking anti-drug PSA’s.

"Ads for College Creative Studies" - found online here.

KOO SCHADLER: "Creating Compelling Images"

The April/May 2013 issue of  "International Artist" Magazine has an in-depth interview with my friend Koo Schadler. She is a master of the egg tempera medium. She and I both share the same teachers, Numael and Shirley Pulido of Hancock, New Hampshire. 

Koo gives workshops in Egg Tempera and has written an excellent book that explains this medium and her techniques in great detail.

Whatever the medium - oil, pastel, egg tempera - the principles of Old Master Painting are the same.

I found this article to be well worth reading (click page to enlarge).


One of the sections left out of this article was small but, to Koo, relevant because it described 
(in brief - there was a word limit) 
how her working methods in tempera differ from the usual ways people work in tempera:

Question by Lauren Mills: 
"How would you describe your working method in tempera?"

Koo Schadler: 
"Two ways of working in egg tempera are generally taught: the Italian method as described by Cennini, and the Greek method used by icon painters. Each is a systematic, logical working method that produces excellent results.  However there are other ways to work in tempera.

I begin with a carefully considered drawing to arrange the values, colors, shapes, lines, etc. into a visually strong image.  Once I’ve decided upon the design I dive into the painting.  I use a variety of techniques - thick paint, thin paint, brushwork, sponges, glazes, scumbles, splatters, stencils, rubber stamps, and more.  

I don’t apply these techniques in a strictly premeditated way, but instead use whichever is needed to achieve the intended goal, as outlined in my design.  It is a direct and improvisational way to paint.  It suits my nature and goals."

A Most Unique Portrait

I have seen a lot of portraits in my lifetime ~ but never one quite like this.

And I love it!

I found the photo on facebook - but do not know the artist ~ nor the origin. If you know, please tell me as I would like to give him or her credit and perhaps see some more of their work.

Note: Ann-Marie Duhem said the artist is Kumi Yamashita.
Thanks Ann-Marie!