I finished my first year at the Russian Art Academy successfully. it's been quite an experience. My life in Italy is very enjoyable. I've been rather busy with school and Italian course and life. My internet connection at home hasn't been that stable and I am afraid my plans to be active on this blog and give more glimpses here of what is going on, haven't been achievable for me.
But to sum up the past months... I learned Russian words like "shadow line", "good", "not good" , "more precise"... And of course colours and light and shadow... From the context you can gather what the professors tell you before the translator is done. But to have an actual conversation is rather awkward. At least, I find it difficult talking through translation... However art doesn't need too much words, but brush- and pencil strokes, which found there way painfully often as harsh correction lines into "my" work. Yes, there have been secret tears and then more out of annoyance to myself, naturally. Who likes to cry about rude lines in a delicately done - seemingly for a million hours- drawing??.... Ha!
But really, it's been a great year with great teachers and learning and challenges, late night sketching and face hunting in the piazzas. And not to forget great new friends! It makes such a difference with whom you are doing life and I had the pleasure to study with a very colourful and fun crowd from all across the globe. Just what I was used to already love.
I got to live in a lovely tiny studio in the old city centre, bike to school on the worst, but every hipsters dream, bike. I lived through the mould season, the "no heat indoors" season (I was well equipped from Norway how to deal with that, it felt like a never ending hiking trip) and now am in the "it's too hot outside" season.
And after these years here I will probably be completely unfit for German traffic...
Its late, I am doing this from my phone and so I am ending this rather short and not giving enough justice to a whole year - blogpost with some sketches...
You can see my main works this year here: http://www.dropsandink.com/