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Sarah Margaret Gibson  Chasing beauty, painting pictures. Trained @florenceacademyofart, now teaching at Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be teaching a one-week figure painting workshop @edinburghatelieroffineart this September. For the full course description and to sign up, please visit the link to the atelier’s website on their profile page. I hope to see you there! #academicart #atelier #learntopaint #teachersofinstagram #fineart #figurepainting #limitedpalette #paintfromlife #studyart #realistart #classicalrealism #oilpainting #chiaroscuro #artlovers #artistsoninstagram #artstudent #edinburgh

Some hand studies done in between teaching students @edinburghatelieroffineart . No matter how hard I seek, Nature always seems one step a head of me. But every sketch illuminates a little more of my darkened path....
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Self portrait in a Dutch manner. ‘To choose one thing is to give up another. But that’s life.’ -Hayo Miyazaki. I have been meditating on the difficulty of finishing a painting. Invariably I start out with a very clear vision of how I want it to end up, but during the process of painting it takes on a life and a mind of its own. While in many ways I like this organic dialogue that takes places, I also feel baffled by the sheer number of possibilities—the number of styles and choices possible in oil paint. How is it possible to love Velazquez, Vermeer and Van Dyke equally? 🤔 I pray to the muses for guidance 🙏 #painterslife #ruminations #portraitpainting #indirectpainting #fromlife #paintfromlife #paintanyway #contemporaryportrait #oilpainting #atelier #academic_artworks #contemporaryrealism #artistsoninstagram #contemporaryart #portrait #selfie

It has been such an honor to sit for @joshualarock during his portrait painting workshop @edinburghatelieroffineart ! What a tremendous artist, and also a wonderful person. The time flew by as I sat because I was listening to his eloquent commentary as he worked. I have learned so much! And I really feel he’s managed to capture my likeness, whilst simultaneously elevating the portrait to something more beautiful than the subject. Thank you Joshua! 🙏. #joshualarock #artistturnedmodel #paintfromlife #portrait #beauty #atelier #indirectpainting #oilpainting #paintanyway #contemporaryrealism #fineart

It’s finished! Scroll to see detail shots. This project really pushed me to my limits. I clocked 140 hours on this in the last month. The sheer size of it, the number of objects, and the challenge of such a subtle, pale color palette all put me out of my comfort zone. I also found it very tricky to strike the right balance between a detailed finish up close and the breadth of the big impression. Ultimately, I’m proud of what I achieved and think I learned a lot along the way! Can’t wait to do some quick alla prima studies next, though...
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Developing new lines of thought in the studio today. An oil sketch of the beautiful @elaineashby, once again on a double-toned ground. I loved painting all of the terra verte and vermilion notes in her flesh tones! #paintfromlife #limitedpalette #indirectpainting #paintanyway #classicalrealism #oilpainting #sketch #atelier #contemporaryart #fromlife #drawing #contemporaryrealism

More excellent work by my students @edinburghatelieroffineart done in our Anatomy and Structural Drawing course! There were too many great examples to share them all, but scroll to check out these highlights by @lauracullen.art @sjoerdprovoost_art and @olliemnjones #drawinganatomyandart #proudteacher #atelier #pencildrawing #fromlife #drawanyway #edinburghatelieroffineart #anatomy #teachersofinstagram #academicart #ilovemyjob #figureativeart

Is there any greater pleasure than painting a portrait just for the pure joy of it? I had so much fun painting this wee self portrait study today. The panel is one of my latest experiments in two-layered grounds; a layer of gray made from lead white, bone black, and cobalt blue spread over a thin layer of burnt sienna 👌 #fromlife #paintanyway #selfie #indirectpainting #classicalrealism #oilpainting #contemporaryart #portrait #academicart #drawinganatomyandart #portraitpainting #artistsoninstagram #atelier #ilovemyjob #bluereview #creativeuprising #academic_artworks

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