What does 'Studio Practice' mean?
It's just like any other practice. There are many elements to my creative process. My studio practice is one of those elements and its when I am actually in the studio making things. It's the most recognizable part of the artist's process. Though I would say, it's not always the most fun! As an artist, most of the time I'm not working on some amazing inspired project. Just like anything else, most of the time I'm just practicing. I'm making figure studies, rehearsing and memorizing poems, editing photos, prepping surfaces for painting, building content for social media, getting dirty and making myself work when all I really want to do is go to the beach, read a good book, bake a new recipe, or paint a massive face.
Do you enjoy your studio practice then?
Yes! I love to work and I really thrive when I have a routine. It's just not very romantic or exciting, but I'm ok with that.
What is your favorite part of your studio practice?
I LOVE making sketches or drawings - especially when they are big and loose and there are no rules or requirements. Furthermore, I really enjoy when friends or models come to the studio and let me draw them. As an artist who does a lot of portraiture, doing figure studies from life is really important.
What's the big deal about doing figure studies 'from life'?
Hmmmm, when you take a photo of something it is reduced from three dimensions into two dimensions, and it is the camera that is doing the work. The camera takes reality and translates it into a flat image. Depending on the lens and the quality of the photon reception surface, different information is recorded. In any case, a photograph has less information than real life. It is a summary of sorts, and it is a secondary source of information. As an artist very interested in expressing reality, I want to work with primary sources. I want to be the one summarizing and reducing three dimensions into two dimensions.
I want all the information to start with. I want the whole experience. I can look at my drawings and tell you which were done from life and which were done from photographs. There is a certain vitality to drawings done from life, and it is hard to miss. Of course, the benefit of the photograph is that it doesn't fidget or charge by the hour. In the end, I rely heavily on both models and photographs in my studio practice.