Thursday, November 15, 2012

Learning From A Master: Donato Giancola

Last night Donato Giancola spoke to BYU, UVU, USU, and SLCC students about his work. I couldn't fight through the crowd to get to meet him but in his talk he mentioned that he was going to go out today and shoot reference for up-coming Lord of the Rings Paintings and he really needed good pictures of mountains.


So I weaseled my way into taking him for a hike with Justin Kunz (former Blizzard Studio artist). Note: sometimes good weaseling skills are better than money, degrees, connections, bow hunting skills, etc.


I asked if he knew where to go to get some good shots and he said he was just going to drive around and shoot whatever he stumbled on - no no no...we can't have that...


If you're one of my facebook friends you know I go hiking every now and then and post a few pictures :)


So naturally I had to inflate my knowledge of the Utah mountains and offer my services as his guide - and I took him to my stash.


Donato is very personable and I related to many of the things he pointed out in his lecture about teaching, making art, and life.


He's a great example of a man committed to excellence, teaching, and family.


Thank you Donato for making Nov 15th a great day!!!

15 comments:

  1. That is beyond cool! WILL. Have I ever told you how very cool I think your life is? All the time? ok well ... it is! There I said it.

    (enjoyed reading today's blog especially! I adore serendipitous moments like that.)

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    1. Thanks Rachel! It was a fun day!...but I still do dishes :)

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  2. I have to commend you on your weaseling. What an awesome experience to have! His artwork is breathtaking!

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    1. (to the Kenny Rogers tune:) You gotta know when to weasel...know when to paint on an easel...know when to go for a walk...and know when to... :)

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  3. It's nice to know you are as "geeky" and enthused about things like art heros. It's awesome.

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  4. Jealous! Good on you for seizing this opportunity, I bet hanging with Donato was epic :D

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    1. He's a very personable guy - I could tell from his lecture that he would be fun to hang with...

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  5. I got to see him at the drawing demo earlier. I'll be posting that info and awesome sketches on my blog next week. He is totally cool though. What a treat to hang out with him.

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    1. Awesome - can't wait to see it - I couldn't get away from class for that one...

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  6. Wow! Good for you! Another example of artists helping artist...eventhough you call it weaseling!

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  7. The photo are amazing!And what a great experience meet him:)

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    1. Yes - it's always a treat to meet a professional who is also very humble.

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