Sunday, August 28, 2011

Another portrait in progress

Approx. 40 x 60 cm in acrylics on canvas.
Model sat for an afternoon; this is halfway done.

Somewhat sadly, when the session was almost finished, I had a lot of paint out on the palette, so I whipped up
another portrait of the same guy, in about 10-15 minutes, and that one was much better, if somewhat imprecise.

Portrait studies

Did some studies for painted portraits; the painting themselves are no good.
These 5,10 and 15 minute studies are somewhat better.
Live model, home made charcoal, newsprint sketch paper ca 70 x 40 cm.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Susanna taking a shower

In some versions of the Old Testament, the Book of Daniel has a chapter 13, which tells the story of a beauty called Susanna, who at some point needed a bath in a park. She was followed, and spied on, by two horny old geezers, who - well, if anyone is interested, the story has the details. The short of it is that Daniel saves her from certain death using lawyerly tactics, cross-examining the geezers, and the key element involves an Oak tree (Quercus -) and a Mastic bush (Pistacia Lenticus). Being an icelander, I don't know Mastic, especially its size relative to the Oak, but this is all symbolic anyway. These are supposed to be the leaves of Quercus Robur, which is especially suited to aging wine.

(BTW: which version is the one true word of God himself, the one with or without Daniel 13 ?)

This is done with acrylics, 40 x 50 cm