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"Making It" Trailer


The Art of Science

I am excited to be teaching a new course at SUNY Broome this semester called The Art of Science, aka scientific illustration. The American Museum of Natural History is currently exhibiting "Natural Histories" with illustrations from their rare book collection. Here is a sneak peek.



IF: Cabbage Greens: A Puzzle

Cabbage Greens © Peg Nocciolino 2012

I did this study to explore different shades of green. There's only a million of them. Not quite finished with this one but its a start. Its like a puzzle. Everything fits together.

Started with a pencil sketch and then tried Holbein Acryla Designer gouache. Its an acrylic based gouache and so cannot be reworked later even on your palette like regular water-based Winsor Newton gouache  Not used to this so not sure I will like for modeling in realistic work but for flat graphic work it may be fine. I just had to work very fast to model as it dries very fast. Seems fine for glazing also.



On the road....again

Cooperstown NY to New York City to Boston.....

Stagecoach Cafe, Cooperstown, NY

St Patrick's Cathedral, NYC

Babycakes vegan bakery, NYC

Mime at Surtex. Was not allowed to take many pics at Surtex.

Julien Marinetti “Doggy John” sculpture in the courtyard of the Palace Hotel, NYC



NEWS: Creative Quarterly 16: Winners Announced!

I am really excited that this illo of mine was chosen in the runner-up category of Creative Quarterly 16! To see Charles Hively's Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design and CQ15 (last competition) winners go here. The runner-ups are only posted on the website (hopefully soon:) and not included in the print magazine....that's ok, I am thrilled! The next deadline (CQ17) is in July! Congratulations to all the winners! Now,...back to the drawing board:)
Have a great weekend...


Brian Stauffer likes

Reading Brian Stauffer's blog on Drawger. Wow! Nice (make that " Amazing" ) work. He recommends to increase your exposure beyond print for your portfolio. There's an example on his website. Very interesting....I can see lots of applications for this for lots of different folks...and it's free:)


Giving Thanks for Sveta and Her Handmade Art

Several years ago, I had the good fortune to supervise an artist residency at a museum where I was working as a teaching artist. The artist was Sveta (Svetlana) Gorbachova, an amazing artist and human being with whom I was privileged to work. Sveta was one of several artists from Borovichi, Russia whose art was part of an exhibit "Bridge to Borovichi". These dolls and clay sculptures, as well as her paintings, were part of the exhibit. Rick Marsi's photographs of Borovichi and its residents were also a major part of the exhibit and helped to place the art in context. The soft-bodied dolls, in traditional Russian clothing, are completely handmade by Sveta, even the crochet on the aprons--their hand painted facial features and expressions are exquisite. She even makes their traditional shoes! The clay animals (fish and bears mostly) are whimsical and rendered with simple patterns. It was magical watching her produce these simple beauties.
Sveta's other love is cats and simple rural scenes. She paints them mostly in gouache. I'll be posting these photos later.

Photo above is Svetlana Gorbachova and daughter Dunya From Page 196 - “Jackdaw Encounters” from Rick Marsi's, A Bridge to Borovichi: American Impressions of a Small Russian City 1990-2005...."Educated and articulate, Sveta embodies the struggle so many like her face in Russia. An art teacher, she makes less than $50 a month. I photographed her in her yard, wearing a sweater she had made, with her clothesline and garden behind her. Sveta’s house doesn’t have running water ."

Sveta makes so many beautiful things from so little...she continues to be an inspiration in my life and art...Thank you Sveta.
(To see more photos and read more about Rick's adventures go here.)


gouache sketch

More sketching in gouache in the the art of Matthew Woodson and Hope Gangloff at Art Department. Also see Virginia Johnson.
Have a nice weekend.