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The sword in the stone: The eye of the beholder

Image from The Studio, somewhere around 1900

This is not truly a Wednesday update on a Thursday. Not because it’s Valentine’s day. We don’t do Valentine stuff. The Lord of the Castle has band rehearsal so he’s in his music room while I’m going to lock myself up with the B and other half finished dead people in my work room. An oily orgy so to speak. This afternoon I worked on Ilion and the larp portrait.

I had a busy day yesterday and today. After a number of rather boring administrative tasks I had a quick look around the thrift store. I have a self-imposed random, almost superstitious, rule that if I don’t encounter a picture of the B anywhere in the thrift store, I will end the quest. This time I encountered at least four pictures of him, including one that leads back to the Egidius quest so it looks I’m not finished with my research yet.

I came across three interesting facts about the physical appearance of the B in some rather obscure books which I want to investigate in case I ever come across the actual skeleton (slim chance though).

But now I need to paint. Not sure for how long. I had three different nightmares last night and I’m exhausted.


Another Burgundian buffet

Had a class this morning. Worked on an old temple and some trees.

Saturday was filled with menial and administrative tasks. Worked on existing paintings on Sunday. Painted over some parts of Ilion, I forgot to include two characters and I had to make room for them. Painted a layer on the larp portrait and Anton.

Painted a crown on Louis IX, still to be corrected and enhanced with gemstones and such. Plus some corrections on the face.

Brought the faceless J of C home to add the halo. Oscar wasn’t dry yet so no work done on him. No work done on Animo Inquieto either. Started two small (25×30) paintings. I am keeping one as a surprise for later and the second one is based on an old picture of the Nemrut Dagi. Initial layer :

Worked on the B on Monday afternoon and evening. Running into the same issue with the eyes as with the small version. I think with some simple corrections it could be more or less acceptable. I keep in mind that the eyes of the portrait Rubens painted are also off. Not sure about the skin colour. I thought it would be a good idea to make him more tanned and/or Portuguese as his chroniclers describe him but now it looks like he’s just returned from partying in Ibiza with some good memories to cherish and we all know there is very little chance that the B went clubbing in Ibiza. I’ll leave it alone for a couple days and see wat happens.

Some time was also spent on reclaiming my Burgundian lands on Instagram. Here is the full version of a posted image of a Burgundian banquet, a drawing from a children’s book about the Bold, dating from the 1950ies. It doesn’t say who the artist is.

And a colour drawing/quick sketch of an old drawing of the B when he was 9 years old. The original by an anonymous artist supposedly dates from 1443 and is now in a museum in Arnhem.

Reading: not started on the Loo book yet. I am still reading a biography of Jan Six by Geert Mak, it’s quite entertaining. After that it is back to the B.

Spent some time researching a couple Babylonian dudes. Wondered if the Tower of Babel would be a good cake design.

Watched a couple episodes of various series such as The Arrow and Supernatural.


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.


Update – service announcement

As you can see, the site has changed somewhat. I experienced several technical difficulties with the theme I was using to the point that I could no longer update the pages. I took the opportunity to reorganise the site a little but I lost the Merovingians somewhere in the process so yeah, it’s not perfect yet. Aaarrggh. It’s never easy.

I prefer a white theme but I couldn’t find a white theme with the functionality I needed, so it’s back to black after a long time.

I was going to work some more on the B tonight but I already spent a large part of the morning painting his black shrivelled heart and also, I feel a little sad because it is almost like he’s been hijacked from me by someone way more influential than me so I don’t know what I’ll do now. Maybe I’ll just resurrect Jeanne Hachette instead.


Sunday update – Zero sense of humour

My health has been going up and down this week. I’m a little better but if I don’t pay attention to what I eat, it gets worse again. We had a model class this week. It was ok but it’s not my favourite activity on the whole. Painted many hands and twigs the day before. Also spent time on admin stuff/meetings etc. I’ve briefly returned to Guild Wars 2 to see if my characters were still alive. They were. One of them got a birthday present. Haven’t watched a lot of tv, just the news and a couple episodes of Musketeers. The news was depressing, full of fake news, scaremongering and inane showbiz trivia. The weather reports were mostly wrong. After six the town is cold, wet and deserted.

WIP at home: Made some sketches based on 1920ies film stills earlier this week. Today I worked on Antoine the Big Bastard (that really is his name and title) for the first time in ages. I want to finish him in the coming weeks (the face needs to be dry before I can paint the arrow so I can’t get it done in one week). I put a new layer on the B’s face but I’m still not convinced it is going anywhere. Worked some more on the background of Ilion and put a new layer on the Burgundian comic character (it is uber silly and extremely bad fan art). Brought Louis home because I still need to paint his crown. Didn’t do any work on the larp portrait. “Conceptual” investigations done for a new painting (ie. selected an old picture to start from:/). I also painted the base layer of a new painting. Not sure if that is going to work out. It’s another one for the series For your eyes only. 

I don’t have the feeling I am making any progress with my drawing and painting this year, rather the other way round.

As for Charles the Bold and the Sword quest: I have neglected the research the past weeks. So time to pick it up again. Haven’t started reading the Burgundians book yet but skimmed through the part of the B. No new information but did not really expect that, given the amount of data I have gone through, the past five months. Got to reinvestigate Gideon, I’ve missed something. Still need to find the original source of the boot incident. It is not in Haynin, Marche, Enguerrand or Chastellain, so maybe Commynes. There are also the two volumes of Barante but they’re not contemporary. I must dig up some Italian report I keep finding references to. I am also quite interested in the tactics and army movements of those last battles. Cabanes has some info regarding his mental breakdown and physical deformities I must look into as well. Maybe it is a waste of time, all this. Maybe there is a book Everything you wanted to know about C the B out there, but I haven’t found it yet. Am more and more wondering if I ran into the Bold in a more than casual manner before August but can’t think when or where. Maybe it was my evil twin. With zero sense of humour.

Ramble ramble ramble.


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