Next month will be a new exposition I take part in – with “Nudes” as the topic. Good motivation to work on several paintings I long planned to finish.
Some days ago I shipped them all to the Gallery Berkendijke in Beek en Donk (around Eindhoven, South Holland). They will be shown from July 30 until the August 28 (each weekend from 1 to 5 pm).
This is the final version of “Marta” – of which I showed step 1, step 2 and step 3 in earlier posts.
I did invest in several nice frames for the images. I like the look it adds to this one – you can see it below. Also really works well for another recent painting called “Emily”
"Marta" - oil on 60 x 50 cm linen
"Marta" framed... with nice plant!
"Emily" in a frame
An interesting Blog post at Seth’s Blog again – called “Better To Do Than To Think“. He applies it there to science: Rather do experiments than spending time thinking of how to experiment. And that is something I sooo much see valid in art that it bugs me.
Another great example of the typical artists trouble. By Heiko Nerenz.
When I get a request to paint a specific subject, then sometimes I get a clear image in my head instantly. That makes the job easy – I just have to paint down whats in my head. And funnily there is next to no way to improve upon it.
But if I don’t get this image automatically, then it gets really tough work to get something going from my head. And I do try: Sometimes sitting and just thinking for half a day. Trying in all kinds of manners to create an image in my head. The idea behind this is that even if I spend half a day doing this, it would still save me a lot of time when I work on a five days painting.
Alas, so far my efforts never worked out. There is no better way to get going than to just grab a pencil and start drawing. Work my way through it. At some point the mere amount of work will put you more and more in a direction and you will end up with something. With enough knowledge and experience it is always possible to turn anything into a good image.
So here are the rules:
- Better to do than to think.
- Start with the smallest easiest thing
Do you have similar experiences? Or know any tricks to get an image in the head? I would be curious to hear about it.
Next bunch of the costume designs for the “Faust in Paris” piece (part I here). Coming from usually designing fantasy costumes for games where everything goes, this is a very interesting change. These things have to work in real life – I got very specific guidelines form the designer, and partly even cloth samples.
Also the presentation is different. The designs are most important – not characters itself of course. Although I still try to convey some of the personality.
And all the costumes had to be done very quick. So I decided against using the computer. One would think that having the flexibility of Photoshop would make the work faster – but traditional tools somehow turn out to be way more efficient. I have some suspicions why, but it is still a bit of a puzzle.
One of the side characters - some kind of gourmet aristocrats they have in France.
These are some of the godesses/concubine designs