Monday, March 8, 2010

Oil sketch of "Portrait of a Man with a Book"

Oil on 8 x 10 canvas panel

(Photos: 1. Painting in Art Book "Portrait of a Man with a Book" by Girolamo Mazzola (1503-40) 2. Line sketch in dark paint 3. "cool" color (green) to indicate shadow side 4. Light side established and shadow side indicated 5. Final sketch)




24 comments:

ArtSparker said...

Wonderful how you pick up the feel of the piece - yu are so strong in conveying moods.

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

Celeste I like your version better (as that from book) ist more expressiv!

Ralph said...

I agree it has an inner being as well as a representation of a person.

Kathy said...

You have so much ability as an artist, and this exercise illustrates your mastery!

Susan Roux said...

I like how you can take something so complex and detailed and break it down to a simple loose work. And yes, like everyone else has commented, you capture remarkable emotion in your subjects.

Thanks for showing us your reference photos. Its so interesting to see how you take from it, only what you feel is necessary to convey your message.

Caio Fernandes said...

oh oh ... i think that this girl deserves a hug .

your version is totaly diferent of the original ... but have kept the feeling and intencity ...
you're always a lesson to me , Celeste .

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

OK, Celeste, this is one I can sink my teeth into. Really like it.

AutumnLeaves said...

Celeste, this is exquisite! Before seeing the additional photos, I thought it reminded me of someone like Henry VIII. Your first sketch reminds me of Lincoln so I was surprised to see a whole new person rise from the sketches. Your work is always fabulous!

Manon Doyle said...

I also happen to like your version better that the original. Wow!! Great work!

Kaylyn said...

It is so great to watch you take the time to do these studies. All the talent and good images in the world do not replace the skills that come from focused work like this. Its what distinguishes the picture painters from the artists, I think!

You have inspired me to do some good looking and practice sketches.

Pam Holnback said...

Really great values in this. Love seeing all the steps.

Linda said...

Wow! I am very impressed. It is a beautiful study and I like it as much as the original. It is very expressive. Thank you for sharing your steps in painting this.

hwfarber said...

You make it look easy. We know it's not--another impressive painting.

Sheila said...

I loved Kathy's comment on this piece. Mastery and fine artist are words that describe you.

martinealison said...

Excellent, vous avez su donner sa véritable expression au personnage.

Gary Keimig said...

Very well conceived and done, Celeste. It is better than what you are working with. It has your personality added to it.

andres casciani said...

Hi! very interesting use of material! your expression produces a very interesting dinamic of the image!

Mary Jane said...

What a powerful study! The mood of the piece is something that stays with me long after I looked at that man's intense expression.
And what an interesting exercise!

Celeste Vaught said...

This drew me in immediately as a thumbnail on my dashboard - I just had to come see it. Very, very well done! I'm especially impressed with the hand.

Dan Kent said...

I am so honored that you come to my blog - you are amazing! This is a beautiful portrait!! Celeste! Celeste! Celeste! Thanks for showing your method - I never would have imagined the green under-painting.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Dramatic! Love it! Kvan

-Don said...

Mesmerizing! Well done.

-Don

PAMO said...

WONDERFUL!! I love how you captured his face.

Rishi Kapil said...

Very good light work on the skin tones