Posts Tagged 'Figure Painting'

I figure painting I actually like

This is one of the weekly 6-hour paintings we have been doing all semester. I have liked very little of what I have produced, up until the last few weeks when we have been required to place our figure in an environment. Gee, I should have just been doing that all along, because my figures have improved since she started having us do that. This is oil on canvasboard, about 14″ tall.

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Master copy: Jean Broc “The Death of Hyacinth”

I have, embarrassingly, never painted an old master copy before. I have drawn plenty, but never painted. This one is for Situation and Environment class. It’s Jean Broc’s The Death of Hyacinth, a kind of obscure subject by an obscure painter, but I am considering giving it as a gift to a pagan friend who has Apollo as a patron (Apollo is the taller guy embracing the kid who has just been whacked in the head with a discus.) As always with these class paintings, I did not have a lot of time to do it, and so there are plenty of problems. The values on the bodies aren’t pushed enough, and the rendering is sloppy. Apollo’s fabric is clumsy. I had to reposition the discus. And so on. But overall, I’m happy enough with it. 16″x20″, oil on canvas.

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This one has no title

This is the first original painting I have done in any class yet this semester. They’ve been having us do things from reference they supply. This assignment took three weeks from start to finish. We shot photos specifcally for the assignment, and the instructor approved them after suggesting changes. Then we started the painting. I guess I spent about 35-40 hours on this one, which is a hell of a long time for me because I tend to rush, and all my other assignments have kind of suffered, including the Napa landscape below that I posted yesterday. There are things about this painting I am not happy with and I will probably revise – main thing is that the small painting to the right is very abrupt and incomplete to me. When the semester is over I am going to work more on this, because I think this painting could really be a keeper. 24″x18″, oil on canvas.
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