Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Working and school...

Today is by birthday, and I took the day off to hang out with my girlfriend and relax.
I have been working almost 7 days a week to earn some extra cash for my next series of oil paintings.  I have also been going to classes at the Red Cross for EMTB, and it is all very exhausting.  When i am done with this short stint of not sleeping and working more than anyone ever should I will begin my new set of oil paintings. 

I will continue to study and sketch for my next series of works, but things are going to be pretty slow for the next several months.  

Keep checking back...
...eventually there will be something new and exciting. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Artwork of the month: The Death of Germanicus.

The dirty little Emperor Tiberius poisoned his adopted son Germanicus.  Envy will do that to a guy if he is as twisted as Tiberius was.  This romantic painting is a stoic tribute to his death. 

Nicolas Poussin

French, 1594-1665
"The Death of Germanicus"
1627, oil on canvas

What I love more than anything, Poussin was giving respect to the past and at the same time taking the composition for his own, reinterpreted in his own voice.  The original composition was based on a roman sarcophagus relief.  Poussin connected the history of his subject matter with his composition.   His forms were an important part of his content, and I am very happy that someone understood the importance enough to record it.  

Painting history, it is a noble art...
...and one where I will be mistaken.