The Tattoo Series by Michael Newberry

Art within art. Painting a person with tattoos is like painting a painting within a painting. Mind-bending. The tricky part for the painter is to be not confused by the tones and hues of the tattoos and bring out the forms and light of anatomy.

Tattoo Series, 2017, oil on canvas, each 24×20″

Michael Newberry, Idyllwild, 5/17/2020

Student Works During Quarantine

sonia leatarde girl with doll oil painting

Recent works during the quarantine from two students Susan Surber, the Flower in pastel, and from Sonia L’eatarde, two girls in oil.

Very proud of my students, these works were done independently of me. They took what they had been learning and applied it on their own, self-motivated, and, in my mind, very successfully. Sonia painted the two girls from masterworks from the Prado, but they are free transcriptions. We’ve been working with color theory and forming the structure of the face. Sonia’s recent lessons with me was to freely copy some classic sculpture heads to learn form. The roundness in her children’s faces is superb. And they look like children, one of the most difficult things to do in art.

Susan’s previous lessons were on building up the light by many layers of pastel layers, gently get to the lightest patches, beautiful and delicate technique. Both students have worked very hard and fearlessly, no quick formula. For instance, if I see a weakness in the colors we will go tirelessly through how color theory works in creating forms, light, and depth — it is a conceptual technique, meaning once you get it you can apply it to any color range.

If you are interested to work with me, email me some of your work, let me know about what you would love to do most in subject and technique, and how many hours a week you can work. No formula, just a lot of fundamental work, no cheating. hahah.

Michael Newberry, Idyllwild, 5/6/2020

The Newberry Idyllwild Studio

Newberry Studio in Idyllwild, California

New pics of my studio in Idyllwild. Happy to find the balance between order and chaos for my mountain high sanctuary. This week I opened up everything instead of trying to control the natural light or privacy. Interestingly enough the two 85 watt special lights that shine 5,500 k, as bright as overcast daylight, enabled great conditions to paint by —- I don’t have to worry about the direct light coming down from the skylight or windows.

Michael Newberry, Idyllwild, 4/30/2020