Capitol Cider is a Public House on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA, featuring hard cider, beer, wine, mead, classic cocktails and local spirits. It has two- levels: a lower level and the main floor. The main floor is a small dining room for about 50, where Aristides Atelier master copy work will be displayed. Upstairs, a 7 seat bar upstairs, facing the brick back bar(original wall on the building) and 15+ foot ceilings. The lower level has an 8 seat bar, fireplace, game room with shuffleboards, and a giant mural painted by Aristides Atelier graduate, Tenold Sundberg, featuring his interpretation of a work by Anton Otto Fischer.
Aristides Atelier students thoughtfully chose their master copy work, then researched their subject(s). We are pleased to share the process of fourth year student, Stephanie Johnson, here:
Francis Augustus Silva
Off City Island, New York
Oil on Canvas
Original Size: 20 1/4 x 40 1/4 in
Location/collection: New York Historical Society Museum & Library, Luce Center
Francis Augustus Silva (1835-1886) born in New York City. Silva was forbidden to paint artistically by his father so he became a successful sign painter. Unfulfilled, at the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in the New York State Militia, serving until 1866. Soon after the war he listed himself as 'artist' in New York, devoting himself to marine views. Essentially self taught, early success awarded him the privilege of exhibiting with the National Academy of Design, the Brooklyn Academy of Art and the American Institute of Art.
Traveling frequently to his favored locations for subject matter, Silva's works often show New York and New London harbors, Westchester, Narragansett Bay, and a single known western work of Lake Michigan. Later in life, he traveled to Venice, creating marine views there. Around this time he arrived at his mature style, often directly compared with the "vigor and breadth of Winslow Homer".
His luminous paintings are appreciated for their 'meticulous realism' with tranquil atmospheric elements. In his manipulation of color while avoiding 'artificial prettiness', he instead intensified the genuine effects of nature while expressing personal emotion. Alongside foremost American seascape artists A.T. Bricher and William Trost Richards, Silva represents the pinnacle of American sea painters.
The elements that I enjoy in Francis A. Silva’s work are the very simple compositions enhanced by beauty. He allowed the atmosphere of the sky and water to give a feeling of space, and the subtle changing colors to provide interest. The serene environment in the piece: “Off City Island, New York” had special appeal to me which influenced my selection of the piece. I thought it truly embodies the luminous seascape quality from 19th century paintings.
5”x7” Study, Oil on Board
The first step was to create a small color study on a 5” x 7” board. The researched palette utilizes these colors: Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Transparent Red Oxide, Venetian Red, Cadmium Red, Raw Umber, Transparent Yellow Oxide, Yellow Ochre, Naples Yellow Deep, Brilliant Yellow Pale, and Cadmium Yellow Deep.
The initial preparation consisted of applying acrylic gesso and sanding the surface to the desired texture. I then toned the board with a mixture of Transparent Oxide Red and Terpenoid. I discovered this opened the painting to interesting optical color mixtures. Once the paint was dry, I transferred the drawing and used Raw Umber to create an under-painting that could be visible in future layers.
My main goal was to study how the artist balanced large, open and simple areas with highly rendered elements. One of the challenges faced was to make the painting about shifts in color, while keeping the values close together.
Master Copy after Francis A, Silva
Off City Island, New York
18”x36” Oil on Board, Completed February 1st, 2013