Sunday, April 3, 2011

My return to oil painting.

In the summer of 2009 I was hit by a car that ran a red light (while on a cell phone).  I was hurt pretty badly, and i was out of work on medical leave for a year and three months.  During this time i was unable to paint, but I was able to study, to listen to lectures and learn about the subjects I wanted to paint in depth.  The year + of recovery after the accident was the longest time I had gone without painting, and that alone was agony.

I had just finished this painting before I was hit by the car.

BitTorrent #2 "Marinuis Vanderlubbe as Icarus" 
oil on canvas

I was working on these ideas before i was hit...

Study for- BitTorrent #6 "Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist" ink on paper 36x24

I took my study from this oil painting...
"Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist" oil on canvas
Onorio Marinari - 1680 CE

Study for- BitTorrent 5 "The Building of the Trojan Horse" 36x48 ink on paper 24x36
I took my study from this painting...
"The building of the trojan horse" oil on canvas

over the last few months I was able to complete my work where I left off...

BitTorrent 6 "Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist" 
oil on linen

BitTorrent 5 "The Building of the Trojan Horse" 
oil on canvas

Now that these two ideas are complete I have moved on to something complete new to me as far as composition and color go.  Both of these paintings were inspired by works of art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  I am currently working on more of my own abstract thoughts on works of art in the permanent collection at the MInneapolis Institute of Arts.  So far i have been sticking to works from 1800 CE or earlier where the subject-matter is of Greek, Roman or Christian mythology.  

I will post more as I finish them, but now after the accident I am unable to work as fast as I used to so these take a great deal of time (they took quite a bit of time to complete before the accident) to complete.

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