Before starting the Milan Art Institute Mastery Program

Before Starting the Milan Art Institute Mastery Program

Hi, my name is Criss Chaney and I am excited to be embarking on the Milan Art Institute Mastery Program, a one-year online course that promises to teach me the skills I need to become a professional artist.

Before I start this journey, I wanted to share what my paintings look like now, so that I can measure my progress over the course of the program.


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These are three paintings that I have completed shortly before starting the program, and I am very happy with them. While I was making these, I felt like there was a lot of flow and I was in the moment. I could imagine myself making more of these or working like this for awhile.

They didn't take long to paint, and what I learned was, that I like to work quickly, and I don't want paintings to take too long. These are mixed media, acrylic, collage spray paint, and gold leaf. I don't currently work with oil paints, so one of my goals for the program is to learn how to oil paint.

I am a Melbourne artist, and I have spent the past year working on techniques and materials and gaining skills, but I haven't really figured out why I am drawn to portraiture and why I choose to incorporate certain elements. Being able to understand what my work is about will help me to push the work more towards being about that.

One of the things I want to get out of this program is to discover more about myself and my way of working so that I can lean into my temperament.

Sometimes in the studio, things can be a little bit of a struggle, and things sometimes don't quite flow. I want to learn more about myself and learn more how I can translate the way that I paint to suit my personality type.

I am excited to see how much I can learn from this program and how it can transform my art. Over the course of the next year, I will be sharing my progress with you through blog posts and videos, and I invite you to follow along with me on this journey.

If you are interested in the Milan Art Institute Mastery Program and want to learn more about it, you can check out the link below. And if you want to see more of my art, you can see my art online here.

Thank you for reading, and I will see you again after the first week of the program!

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