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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Original Fine Art Painting, Color Temperature - Grapes, Pears and Bowl



Grapes, Pears and Bowl
Original Fine Art Painting
Acrylic on wrapped canvas on wood stretcher bars
8 by 10 by 0.75 inches, 20.4 by 25.5 by 1.9 cm

I mentioned in the previous post that as there is no overlap, the warm colour of the background appears to drape over the cool coloured table. Warm colours advance and cool colours recede. I was also interested in painting the luminous grapes.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Color Temperature and Movement

I recently completed a new painting (not yet posted to blog). I was interested in the warm color of the background which draped over the cool color of the table. There was no overlap. Since the background was a warm color, it pushed in front of the cool table. This resulted in the feeling of a drape over the table. Warm colors advance; cool colors recede.

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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Holman Hunt, Symbols, "The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple"

I have previously written about Holman Hunt and his painting techniques. Hunt painted The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple, (oil on canvas) from 1854-1855 and 1856-1860. Hunt was English and was known for helping establish the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood art movement (PRB); artists who “painted scenes of minute detail, inspired by the truth and seriousness of the early Renaissance.” Hunt was known for his detail and elaborate symbolism.

Several of Hunt’s paintings along with other artists of the PRB have been on exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario. When I saw his painting, The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple, I noticed that the Hebrew Torah that the Rabbi was holding had a star that was not the Star of David. (Torah, “the collective body of Jewish teaching embodied in the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud”.) In searching for information about the 8 point star Hunt had painted on the Torah, I found that this was likely a symbol of Islamic art. The 8 point star painted by Hunt was somewhat skewed in perspective. The star was also on the flag of Morocco. The 8 point star was not unique to Morocco. It appeared in many cultures. It was a symbol of balance and harmony. However by the middle ages, the 8 point star was largely used as a symbol of Islamic art. Why did Hunt in the 1800s put a symbol of Islamic art on the Hebrew Torah?

I then noticed that the Rabbi’s slipper had 3 leafs. Research found that the 3 leaf clover was also a symbol of the Holy Trinity.

Author, Albert Boime in his article, William Holman Hunt's The Scapegoat: Rite of Forgiveness/Transference of Blame, (The Art Bulletin 84 no1 94-114 Mr 2002) wrote:

“Hunt perceived Jerusalem's multicultural society as the most "accursed" in the world and regarded the local inhabitants in the light of conventional racist tropes of difference and otherness. His correspondence is shot through with imperialist ideology: "Arabs are the meanest sneaks in the world"; "Niggers here ... are the most bigotted [sic] and the most dirty and the most revered of fanatics"; while "Rabbis live in secret luxury, keeping the poor continually croaking to procure further subscriptions."(FN5) Exulting in the British show of force in the Crimea, he bragged that on the front lines, with his British nationality "and a fist I would undertake to knock down any two Arabs in the Usbeykia and walk away unmolested." While painting the landscape for The Scapegoat, Hunt was confronted by a band of Arab horsemen who demanded water, and he retorted, "I am an Englishman; you are an Arab. Englishmen are not the servants of Arabs; I am employing Arabs for servants."

(I apologize but I decided not to change offending language in the quote so readers would see it as it was written.)

Why did Hunt, a man known for his exact detail and truth to nature, put these symbols on the Hebrew Torah and Rabbi?

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Saturday, 11 April 2009

Original Fine Art Painting, Structure - "Still Life Overhead View"


Still Life Overhead View
Original Fine Art Painting
Acrylic on wrapped canvas on wood stretcher bars
8 by 10 by 0.75 inches, 20.4 by 25.5 by 1.9 cm

I liked the overhead view as it emphasized the circular and diagonal movement created by the fruit.

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Saturday, 4 April 2009

White as a Local Color-Original Painting, The Lighthouse


The Lighthouse
Original Fine Art Painting
Acrylic on wrapped canvas on wood stretcher bars,
20.4 by 25.5 by 1.9 cm, 8 by 10 by 0.75 inches

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White as a local colour is a yellow white. In the shadows it, reflects the colours around it. In this painting the shadows on the lighthouse are similar to the water, i.e. blue.


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Friday, 3 April 2009

My Drawing from an Original Fine Art Painting by Terbrugghen



I frequently go to the Art Gallery of Ontario to sketch from statues or from paintings following a tradition by many of the old masters. My sketch is a detail from a painting by Dutch painter Hendrick Terbrugghen. The painting is oil on canvas and was painted around 1629. The painting called Melancholy, depicts a woman's head resting on her hand and arm. The light source is a candle. The woman has a scarf around her head and the woman and scarf reminded me of patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy. My sketch is to honour those people who have died of cancer including my sister and mother and to honour those of us who survived.


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Gift Certificate Button Added to Site

I was so pleased to add to this site a PayPal gift certificate button for use in my Etsy shop. I made a banner of a few images of my paintings that will be on the gift certificate.

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