Tag: Kunst

Broken Arrow

This vintage adventure novel must have come from my grandmother. That cover … so wrong… on so many levels….

WIP for this week

A quick one before I go back to painting. I spent too much time on researching badgers today.

Here are the paintings I’m working on. Most of them will look familiar. I paint in thin layers so all of them are taking forever. Note that the pictures were taken in the evening in a fairly dark room so the colours are a bit off. I went to pick up some medium in the paint store yesterday which I should have done a long time ago. It’s something in between thinner and oil but we don’t use it with the watersoluble paints in the atelier. It makes painting with real oils a lot easier and it smells good. The only thing I don’t understand is why the manufacturer put it in a bottle with a small opening because it is a gel and it doesn’t flow so you have to scoop it out somehow. These sort of design failures are the ones that drive me crazy.

1 The panel of C the B.

I’m a little bit further than this. I have redone some bits more than a few times. The problem is that the van der Weyden looks rather cartoonish is and then I want to change things which is never a good idea. At some point everything will be off that way.

2 The Larper

No work done on this one this week.

3 Antoine

A little bit of work done on the face, now he has to dry up again.

4 The battle of Ilion

Working on the background before I do the figures.

5 Gulielmus Burgundus

I have no words for this, it’s so terrible HA HA HA

And two new paintings, both 60 by 80. Both very rough wild first layers.

6 Oscar

Based on a 100 year + picture of a local actor. It’s more 17th century I think.

7 Animo Inquieto

This is part of the C t B series I’m doing, the B having a mental breakdown. Not sure yet where this is going to go. I am not going to put badgers in this one.

In hindsight I shouldn’t have posted that portrait of Moore first. The contrast is huge, he he.

Thomas Moore

Every time I come across this portrait of Thomas Moore by Holbein, I just want to give up and change to passive knitting or something similar.

Art: Raoul

On Sunday we went on an art school field trip to Ghent where we visited three different exhibitions. Keeping the short attention span of the general public in mind, including myself I’m afraid, I am going to distribute the events of the day over three posts.

Stop 1: The SMAK (museum of contemporary art)

The relation between the people of Ghent and the Dukes of Burgundy was always a difficult one, but I suppose they have calmed down now and suits of armour and cannons were not in order for this trip. Instead, I took e-versions of Burgundian history books with me to read on the bus.

Our first stop was the SMAK. The SMAK is a bit like the M: huge white spaces with not a lot in them. Last time I was there was for the Gerhard Richter exhibition. This time the featured artist was Raoul De Keyser (1930-2012). The best room was the first with the colourful semi-abstract paintings of everyday objects.

Gampelaere omgeving – 1967 (image from the museum’s site)

The other works were mostly abstract. Ensued a vivid discussion in our group about the meaning of art and the value of this particular artist. Some loved it, others thought it was rubbish, and the usual ‘toddlers can do better’ cliché was uttered (which is not always an invalid argument, lol). Somebody said you need to know the context and read the plaques but if one needs a plaque to appreciate a work of art, the purpose is lost, imho.

The next one is not by Raoul but by another artist in one of the rooms with the fixed collection. Venus of the anthropocene by Lynn Hershman Leeson. Not sure if this is a relative of Liam Neeson.

WIP on a Sunday

I’ve looked at the Egidius problem from a different perspective and by doing so I came across some helpful information. Apparently in the old days not only the first names but some of the last names were written in a Latinised form in the registers. I don’t think it happened with many names so I wasn’t aware of this until I stumbled upon an article about this particular family in which this was explained and with more helfpul information. Anyway, I found the records of Egidius’ wedding. Now I am going in search of his bigamous wife.

The book project thing is more or less finished so I can finally go back to regular oil painting and finish the three paintings that are awaiting completion. The book is quite messy but I don’t want to spend more time on it. Here are some sample pictures (some of them while in progress):

I’ve made progress with Charles the Bold too, but that’s for another Sword in the Stone post.


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