Last evening I attended a New Moon celebration(see previous post), great fun, but during the day I was at hard at work on a new painting. I made good progress, perhaps Artemis was on my side.
I had posted on the painting ( as of yet untitled) previously HERE, but it has languished in the studio gathering cobwebs. I have since dusted it off.
The following images, mostly preparatory renderings are the fruits of my labor.
Blocking in the painting, oil on canvas, 40 by 56″
The painting is complex, an array of Old Gods toppling a sanctimonious New God. The following are character studies, graphite on paper.
The Magdalene and her Scapegoat
a New Moon God
a Sun God, helmet now omitted
a host of Mesoamerican Old Gods
So that is it, busy at the task at hand. I have a few smaller paintings in various stages of completion, but this painting should take me through the summer when I begin the summer critique program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art- I cannot wait, just check out the cast room, the largest collection of first casts outside of Europe.
ONE wing of the cast collection at PAFA
So a new day, a new moon, a new painting, wish me luck.
2 thoughts on “New Moon, New Painting”
Great to see some more of the process that goes into one of your paintings Leonard, and particularly all those drawings; beautiful! I always love seeing these preparatory sketches and these studies are full of character and energy. Good luck for the critique programme at the Academy, sounds like it’s going to be an exciting summer 🙂
Thank you friend. It’s going well, taking a life of its own which I love, although at times it feels like an untethered horse-is it any good? I try not to fret too much.
The summer will be exciting, first the aforementioned critique program THEN meeting you fine folk. The gods are generous!