Back from Seattle and I realize I haven’t blogged since I returned 5 days ago. Leaving Seattle was a bit sad because I had such a nice time, the city felt so relaxed, and going to the Art Academy each day felt like how my life was supposed to be. I was waking up too early while I was there, chomping at the bit to get to the school…even those wretched stairs couldn’t deter me. I loved the drizzle and overcast skies. So coming back to Fallon, Nevada required some transitional time.

My walk to the train station only took 30 minutes (I gave myself an hour and a half), and the ride to the airport only took 45 minutes (I also allotted an hour and a half), so I ended up at the airport way too early. iPad to the rescue. I just sat and drew pictures while I waited.

The plane ride home was uneventful. A young tall jewish guy who sounded exactly like Ray Romano sat next to some young girl and they talked loudly the entire flight, so I learned all about those two. He is a professional poker player and within about 30 minutes she was asking for him to join her and her friends in Tahoe. The flight attendant guy liked what I was drawing on my iPad.

Anyway, since I’ve been back I have continued studying anatomy. I read one of my many art books by Juliette Aristides and watched one of her painting videos. I am very interested in how she paints skin because it has the look of the old master paintings from the 19th century, which is a style I absolutely love. So I have been doing color studies on my iPad to try and wrap my head around how they are pulling off such beautiful work. Juliette Aristides is a great instructor. She is an atelier based in Seattle and she travels all over the globe. Two of the students in the workshop I attended – Maria and Rene – are both 3rd year atelier students in Juliette’s program. In fact, on the last day of class, I was walking down the stairs to go to lunch, and I passed Maria and Rene as they were talking to a lady who was holding a framed painting. The lady turned to me as I walked by and she said ‘hi’. I said ‘hi’ back and kept walking out the door. It was Juliette Aristides. I wanted to talk to her, but I could see she was busy with Maria and Rene, and I felt a little starstruck, so I thought it best to just leave her alone.

So today’s pictures are 1) my doodle on the plane ride practicing anatomy from memory, 2) a color study attempting to see and implement color temperature, and 3) study of an old painting.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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