This is the beginning of my first painting of the New Year. It shows a sculpture of Pan in a museum between two paintings of regal gentlemen. At least it will depict that when I finish it. Although I was hesitant to get back into the studio, I am happy with the start of this. The grayish blue background and the reddish brown shadows harken back to the Rubens oil sketches I love. I also include the framed painting of the crucifixion sculpture in Mt Hope Cemetery. Another reminder of the old master paintings I adore. It will soon be for sale online on the A & C website.
Mt. Hope Cemetery
I like the simplicity of this image, as well as my use of a tonal underpainting to keep the lights and darks clearly separated. It was refreshing to work on this after I spent the morning doing more detailed work on the painting of Two Models, which I am getting ready for the Artists of Yardley upcoming juried show.