Today was a wonderfully simple day. After fixing breakfast and straightening up the studio I began working on this piece. It was inspired by the previous evening's events. Since the evenings are very hot and sometimes even more humid than the days many of the men here opt to go shirtless. Even Ian has willingly adopted this tradition. The "portrait" below captures this but also examines how this featureless allows it to represent the hundreds of men throughout the city.
After finishing the painting Daisy and I headed off to CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Art) to pick up more art supplies as well as take a look at the campus. I couldn't help grinning like a child as we entered the three storey art supply store. Everything an artist could want was sold in this complex and the prices were 80- 90% less than that in London. Meaning, I bought about 20 new paint brushes, tons of paper and other supplies.
Afterwards we grabbed some street food and went to CAFA's courtyard. The campus was composed of massive, sleek, charcoal colored buildings. If passing by you'd assume it was a government building or possibly even a prison rather than an art academy. Though we didn't have a chance to go inside, Daisy described how incredibly talented the students and the faculty are. I really want to visit again soon.
Motivated by new art purchases I began working on another painting as soon as we returned to the studio.