Dreaming of Painting In Italy

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Holliday Jazz by wendy brayton who dreams of Painting In Italy

Core shadows, cast shadows, form shadows, blocking, negative space, outline . . .

My figure drawing teacher speaks this strange dialect as he bounds around the room like an energizer bunny. He begins our figure drawing classes with a slide show mixed with images of master drawings and skeletons. He points out the bones labeling them with their scientific names followed by measurements.

Did you know that the pelvic bone width is equal to one and a quarter of your head’s length?

After our whirl wind tour of the human anatomy, our model disrobes and strikes a pose. We then spend the next six hours struggling to meta morph their figure onto our blank pages. This is my typical Monday at the San Francisco Art Academy.

I am over my mid-semester slump and can see the glimmer of winter break on the horizon. The irony of wishing that the winter break would come sooner is not that I need a break from art.

Being an artist is my dream.

That anticipation of the winter break is that I can not wait to get out and paint those winter hills and cows.

My first semester of grad school has been filled with two drawing classes and a still life course. My passion for painting is landscapes. There is so much homework, that I have not been able to paint any lately and those green hills are calling me.

As for my 2010 dream of painting in Italy and mini-triathlon, I am still dreaming.

My Italy painting dream includes an tour of Florence with its amazing museums, a side trip to Rome with the Sistene Chapel and a week of pure painting pleasure of beautiful old stone architecture. Now I need to turn the fantasy into reality.

For the Wild Flower Sprint dream, I went to the gym this week and did two long walks.

I have been brainstorming on ways to earn money for Italy. Someone recently told me about an artist who raised money for a trip by pre-selling paintings that were to be created on her trip.

Do you have any creative ideas on raising funds for a painting trip to Italy?


Wendy’s dream is still to become a influential international artist, but she left 8 Women Dream in March of 2010 to complete grad school.

  • Xenia

    Your artwork is so beautiful and you inspire me so much. One of my many dreams is to be an accomplished artist. I love working with oil, acrylic, soft and oil pastels. Art used to come so easily to me when I was a teenager. Not I am working on getting rid of my artist block.

  • Heather, the e-commerce builder

    I love the pre-sale idea. Isn’t that what Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love) did when she was writing her book? Something along those lines…

    Futures for wine sales, pre-sale marketing for a new product, I think you can make it work!

    Gorgeous work as always – thanks for sharing!

  • Your paintings are amazing. I look forward to seeing them each week on Sunday.

  • Kim, the traveler

    I love your new painting. It still has your style but a little more simple. Beautiful! Italy here you come!

  • Veronica

    Zara and I are doing the Wildflower mini triathalon the first weekend in May. We would love to have you join us and then Kazaam….you will have accomplished your very first dream come true. And with me at your side. Lets go girl, I would love to be a part of your dream.
    Smiles and Blessings

  • Wendy

    You will be in good company. I will be thinking of you as I do my homework. Thanks for the compliment on the painting. It is the first still life painting this semester I have liked. I am hoping to have it complete this Tuesday. Just tiny details left.

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    That painting is incredible btw

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    I was going to email you what I think happened.

    Heather and I know that one. We have a Facebook training Wed morning 9-11. I am still finishing the training guide. I am picturing being up until 2am …

  • Wendy

    Thanks Catherine for fixing my entry. I do not know what was going on since it would only show the beginning. I am looking forward to Tuesday though I have to admit Tuesdays are my most busy days.

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Pre-selling is a great idea. We’ll have to kick this one around Tuesday evening at the meeting.

    I already know that I need to get you around Laurie and Tony and get their ideas too.