Painting on Panels at Tenuta di Spannocchia in Italy

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Spannocchia

To paint is to bring inside–doubly: into the inhabited space around the image and into the frame. The paradox of painting is that it invites the spectator into its room to look at the wold beyond. John Berger, An Artist’s Handbook, page 91

I teach Painting on Panels or Drawing to See in alternate years at Tenuta di Spannocchia. In 2019, June 17 – 29, I will teach Painting on Panels.

Participants start with quick, loose sketching to slow down and immerse themselves in the place. Artists work from direct observation, from the flat, and from memory, visualization and imagination. Using exercises from An Artist’s Handbook: Materials and Techniques, artists explore ancient, medieval and early renaissance approaches to painting and their contemporary application. They work on poplar wood panels in encaustic, casein tempera, egg tempera, distemper and Venetian oil. They keep a sketchbook for quick sketches and detailed studies in preparation for painting and to record their experience. Throughout the workshop, they study color theory as related to the painting practice. There are two or three excursions to view primary resources related to the course, for art historical lectures and discussions, and for sketching.

Artists examine the cultural/historic context of methods and concepts presented in the course. A goal is to develop the ability to paint using basic methods from history and to acquire the tools to promote the process of pictorial development. Readings, discussion and reflection promote critical knowledge to help clarify the artist intellectually in their aesthetic concepts.

Some of the art concepts explored are local color, hue bias, construction of a pictorial space using the golden section and the rule of thirds, line, form, composition, tenebrism, sfumato, chiaroscuro, atmospheric perspective and sublime. Artists engage in a hands-on exploration of the evolution of Western painting. They learn to abstract and distill from their experiences and to make paintings infused with their lived experience.

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villa bedroom
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quick sketch from villa bedroom, Margaret Krug
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painting studio
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studio
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color theory study, a day book of superimposed washes: afterimage, film color, Margaret Krug

Register visual material with the raw data of sight. Sight consists of a patchwork of light and color. The mind interprets light and color sensations as objects in space, which the artist, working abstractly without theoretical ideas, emulates. If a painter can capture the correct hue, mixed carefully after nature, then space and values as well as the illusion of light can be recorded with verity.  Margaret Krug

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creating detailed sketch in studio
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detailed sketch, Spannocchia pomegranate blossoms and seed pods
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applying true gesso to poplar wood panels
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encaustic painting, Dante’s Arco: Memory and Presence (Portal), Margaret Krug
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encaustic painting, Dante’s Arco: Memory and Presence (Phantom), Margaret Krug
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egg tempera, egg/oil emulsion painting, Bell Flower, Margaret Krug
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tache/preparatory sketch for painting, Margaret Krug
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silverpoint, egg tempera, egg/oil emulsion painting, Wind, Breath, Nodes, Margaret Krug
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casein tempera painting, Dingle Peninsula (after J.M. Synge), Margaret Krug
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distemper painting, Dante’s Arco: Memory and Presence (Path), Margaret Krug
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oil painting, Ovid’s Orchard (As Apples Ripen…Red Under White) (from Ovid), Margaret Krug
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oil painting, Blue Air-river, Margaret Krug
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oil painting, Field, Margaret Krug

Each artist chooses a theme and a related poem or other text as unifying factors for their work, presents a discussion of their work for the painting group and participates in an exhibition at Spannocchia for the Spannocchia community and neighbors and the public.

I hope you can join us in June 2019. For more information please contact me at margaret.krug@gmail.com and go to: http://margaretkrug.com/Site_2/Courses_in_Italy.html and https://www.spannocchia.org/event/painting-on-panels-with-margaret-krug-2/

Here are some images of the wonderful artists and their work from Painting on Panels 2017.

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historical, sketching tour of Spannocchia given by Director of Spannocchia, Randall Stratton
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Siena, sketching in the Palazzo Pubblico, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, The Well-Governed City
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Siena, sketching in the Palazzo Pubblico, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, The Well-Governed City
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Siena, sketching in Pinacoteca Nazionale
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Siena, sketching in Pinacoteca Nazionale

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Siena, sketching in Pinacoteca Nazionale

Visual examples reveal how artists have used painting methods. Visits to museums and other related institutions should always be an essential part of the exploration of painting materials and processes. Images of painting do not convey the finish, texture, or scale. It is even more meaningful to view paintings in the vicinity in which they were created to get a sense of the air, the light, and the space that the artists experienced. Margaret Krug, An Artist’s Handbook, page 108

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Siena, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Beccafumi cartoon (detail)
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Siena, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Beccafumi oil painting (detail)
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visit to Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiori, Il Sodoma fresco
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Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiori. refectory
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instruction in the yard at Spannocchia
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working in the yard outside the studio
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visit to Volterra
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Aleksander Kalmus presentation
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Aleksander Kalmus, cartoon transfer, casein, cartoon transfer, sketch, verdaccio, detailed portrait sketch
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Aleksander Kalmus, egg tempera verdaccio, encaustic portrait
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Joseph Sasarak
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Joseph Sasarak, encaustic painting
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Joseph Sasarak, oil painting
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Joseph Sasarak, casein painting
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Joseph Sasarak, egg tempera verdaccio, cartoon transfer
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Joseph Sasarak, oil painting, Badia Fiorentina, doorsien, cartoon transfer
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Alexandra Eldridge presentation
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Alexandra Eldridge, quick sketch in the vegetable garden
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Alexandra Eldridge, casein, cartoon transfer, egg tempera, casein, oil painting
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Alexandra Eldridge, encaustic painting, detailed preparatory sketch 
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Amy Conway
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Amy Conway, encaustic painting, cartoon transfer
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Amy Conway, oil painting 
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Amy Conway. casein painting, cartoon transfer
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Amy Conway
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Alice Sibio
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Alice Sibio
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Alice Sibio, cartoon transfer, egg tempera verdaccio
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Alice Sibio, cartoon transfer, egg tempera verdaccio
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Alice Sibio, encaustic painting
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Alice Sibio, cartoon transfer, egg tempera verdaccio
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Vanessa Pettit
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casein, egg tempera, cartoon transfer, quick sketch in the villa
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detailed sketch (cartoon), transfer, encaustic painting
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Vanessa Pettit, egg tempera painting
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Vanessa Pettit, oil painting, studio doorsein
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Michael Koessel
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Michael Koessel, encaustic painting
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Michael Koessel, quick sketch, Spannocchia
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Michael Koessel, casein painting (farm houses)
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Michael Koessel, egg tempera verdaccio with some local color, doorsein painting (villa dining room)
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Michael Koessel, quick sketch, Spannocchia
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Michael Koessel, sketch of a detail of Rosso Fiorentino’s Deposition in the Pinacoteca in Volterra
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In the studio

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Where the first suggestion comes from some definite subject, where an ancient tale, a passage from a poem, an historical scene or some real person is the inspiration, the subject-matter transforms itself more and more into reality during the process of the work. Rainer Maria Rilke, Auguste Rodin, page 62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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