Words from The Oracle

Words from The Oracle - The phoenix can only fly when its feathers are grown

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Oil Painting - Greek statue Brienne

Greek statue Brienne - Painting number 74
Daily Painting - Original Oil Painting on Canvas.

Here's the work in progress, with grisaille underpainting.


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Oil Painting - The Royal Stuart Angels after Antonio Canova

The Royal Stuart Angels after Antonio Canova - Painting number 73
Daily Painting - Original Oil Painting on Canvas.

This is a study of the marble angel sculptures by Antonio Canova on the tomb of the last three members of the Royal House of Stuart (Stewart) part one of two. The monument is for James III, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Henry. Here's a photo of the original which is housed in St Peter's Basilica.
I didn't intend to study this sculpture directly, copying the look of Neoclassical marble, instead I've used Early Renaissance painting techniques with more of a look of Late Medieval art than I usually attempt.  
This is the first time I have used real gold paint in one of my renaissance studies, I've added to the wings and hair. I now understand why they added gold to paintings, it adds a strange glowing rich and different dimension. It is really bold.
The original sculpture is female but my study looks male, I started painting the face without looking at the original  (tut tut) and then didn't feel like it needed changing. Male, Female, I don't think it matters when angels are involved.

Here's the work in  progress, as it constantly changed.

Before I forget, here's this morning's sky
Edinburgh Sky - Wednesday 8th May, morning.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Oil painting - David after Michelangelo

David after Michelangelo - Painting number 72
Daily Painting - Original Oil Painting on Canvas.
I'm back to painting sculptures again, this being a close up study of Michelangelo's David's face.
Tried something a little different for this one by applying the paint via pallet knife. I just couldn't accept the harsh strokes so went on to add finer details as usual, you can still see the thick paint clearly on the second photograph. 

Been taking lots of photos of the sky again too. 
I'm totally in love with the beautiful blues you see in Edinburgh's sky. The clouds are unbeatable and the sky's quickly changing nature makes me feel like I am looking at a different landscape every minute. There is a saying here "if you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes or move five miles"  which is utterly apt. Edinburgh weather in May is utterly changeable. You have to accept that the use of both sunglasses and an umbrella at the same time, is not an unusual look here. Layer up, layer down, layer up, layer down.
Today, so far, the weather is utterly gorgeous. It is really warm and there isn't a cloud in the sky.
Pure Blue !
Edinburgh Sky - Tuesday 7th May, morning.
Edinburgh Sky - Monday 6th May, morning.
Edinburgh Sky - Saturday 4th May, morning.
Edinburgh Sky - Friday 19th April, morning.
Edinburgh Sky - Tuesday 23rd April, afternoon.

The cherry blossom has started to bloom! The white and the pink are out and in just a couple more weeks and my favourite pink blush blooms will be out.
I'll make sure I take lots of photos for you to see.
Then it will only take a month and the air will be filled with falling blossom, and all will be gone.

Here are the pink and white.
The pink heather is beautiful at the moment too