The New Romantic Figure Paintings – The Queen of Cups, The Star

  I’m very pleased to publish these two pictures of The Queen of Cups and the Star as they appear in the New Romantic Figure exhibit. I love the tabernacle frames. We’ve matched the colour of the decorative trim around the Star to the Iron Oxide of the base coat so it picks up the…

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Frame up

What a treat it was to see the paintings in these frames for the first time! Although they were still only painted with primer this morning I could see that they will lift the paintings into an altogether different plane. I’m really grateful to Stacey, Aaron and Joe for their help. These are fabulous! On…

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Architecture!

I’ve added the bones of new sections of window to the left of the painting in a rethink of the architecture of the painting, mostly because I dislike the small size of the window as it was, but also simply because I like the way the stained glass works alongside the red hair and dress…

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Shadows and Light

Putting shadow beside the Lady, the sword and the grail made everything feel far more three dimensional. The sword casts an interesting shadow shape which I enjoyed working out, while the grail is much closer to the wall, so the shadow is far simpler. Adding highlights to the sword and cup helped with solidity, making…

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The Sword and the Grail

  I realized that the perspective of the window was a little askew, so I’ve enlarged one of the receding walls a little and narrowed the other to accommodate a correction. The window is a little smaller as a result, and the wall appears a bit thicker. At last I felt comfortable enough with the…

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Grail Fresco

       I’ve used Bembo’s illustrations for the Tales of Lancelot to produce a fresco along the wall behind the Queen, referring to the work of Botticelli, his great contemporary, for the feel of the faded paint of fresco paintings. (I love the Botticelli frescos in the Louvre, this one’s Venus and the Three Graces Presenting Gifts to a Young…

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Bonifacio Bembo

I’ve been mulling over how to approach the mural that I wanted to put onto the wall on the upper right side of the painting, but after a lot of thought I’ve decided that the composition works best if the wall remains open and I place the mural on the panels beside the figure, emphasizing…

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This Ear and Fingers

Because the hand was quite inelegant I’ve extended the fingers and flattened them out from their original bunched position, altered her arm by making it thinner and repainted the base layer of the sky and landscape around it. The white wall around the hand will need even more repainting, although it already took two retouches…

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Red Lips, Red Hair, Red Dress

The face is much improved thanks to a solid day of focused work, although the ear still needs to be fixed up. I spent a lot of time around the mouth and eye, re-shaping the contours of the shadows to make them more accurate and to blend out some of the edges that I felt…

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