Tag Archives: Charles Cecil Studios

Unity of Effect

“Go for the tout ensemble!” At art school, my teacher, Charles Cecil was keen to drum into his students certain aspects of our training and this phrase was often repeated like a mantra. He would exhort us in our painting … Continue reading

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Artistic Influences

The greatest influence on my work has come from Charles Cecil whose school in Florence I attended. Charles would often talk about his teacher back in Boston (R.H. Ives Gammell) and how the sightsize method we were using did not … Continue reading

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Brushstrokes

When I look at the works of the Old Masters on line I can occasionally find a very high quality image which means I can scrutinise the artists’ brilliant brushwork. Above is Sargent’s portrait of Helen Dunham. Yes, she is lovely but what I find interesting here is the artist’s … Continue reading

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Final Exams at Art School

When I was at the Charles Cecil Studios there were no final examinations – Charles would probably consider the concept of art examinations absurd. We were simply expected to become very good at painting and drawing and then go off and … Continue reading

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