Sunday, 17 April 2011
Looking at some favourite paintings to get some ideas
(photo of the tulips in the 1930's garden - perfection in pink)
Having a camera on your phone is ideal to take little shots to remind you of things. They are not as clear as a more powerful digital camera, but handy. Much quicker and easier than a notebook and sketching, even if there's a few blurred outlines. National Trust properties usually allow you to photograph these days, but not all, so it's best to check rather than take my word for it.
The volunteer steward saw me looking and said that it was her favourite too and didn't he look kind?
I didn't argue but to me his eyes are so shrewd. He's a man with undercurrents of hardness. He was Henry 3rd of France' Secretary of State, so not a man given to naivety. He was 84 when this was painted so he got to a ripe old age; not easy for many reasons, so I think he knew how to look after himself.
I love the light reflecting on the fabrics.
As you can see it's very very dark on the whole left side and you can see people in the shadows if you look. The focus is the light from the candle being held in front of the Virgin. It casts wonderful shadows into the room. Spell binding. I could gaze at it for hours.
Conversely, these two give me the creeps.
I'm really interested in using gold leaf in paintings. I have tried bits as experiments only, but I like the effects of it in backgrounds.