Hail Lotus

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Here's something I have been wanting to post for a while.
Although I have not done much of it yet, I do have some homemade colors that I am starting to learn to use. In this piece (still unfinished for lack of red pigment), I was able to do some nice washes thanks in part to some kind advice from Janine of the Freethinkers Team on Etsy. I used a technique called tarashikomi to make the green in the leaves a bit splotchy.

Compare and Contrast

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Okay, so I haven't done the admitedly ambitious series on Freud that I had planned for the summer, but today I bring you one of the main things I wanted to write about.

As I was reading about Lucian Freud, I came accross his Painter and Model 1987 (upper left). I was stricken by the parallels between the piece and Magritte's Attempting the Impossible, and I can't help but think that it may have been in the back of Freud's mind when he was composing his.

At first glance you can see there are many similarities. Both feature two figures, one male, one female. One painter, one model. But Freud has chosen to reverse roles. In Magritte's the painter himself is shown in his role, but Freud lets the female model stand in for him. Both painters call attention to the lie - but is the lie art or reality? This is never made perfectly clear, but the painter's role as mediator certainly is.

Although Freud is often considered a realist, many pieces like this show how he doesn't fit the realist mold hardly at all. There's certainly a lot more that can be said about the two additionally, but let's not belabor the whole thing and take a moment to enjoy the similarities and differences of the two paintings side by side.

A little birdie

Thursday, August 13, 2009

As you can see, a little stiff, but not too shabby.

And now to get the ball rolling again...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Okay, so the last time I actually posted, I said I was going to do a nice hawk. And here he is as promised.

So I can keep my word after all ^^

I painted this with ink and brush, and it is undoubtedly one of the more complicated subjects I have tackled. I'll post at least one other bird I have done, too. Namely, the first one I attempted in such a detailed style. That will be posted by the end of the week so that I can hopefully get to my Freud posts next week.

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