Quick update

Just a quick update.


Took the Bold and the rest of the WIP to another location with less distractions and better light. Currently working on (apart from the art school assignments):

Two small studies of hands with reflecting objects
Small study of a suit of armour (trying to figure out which parts go where)
A small painting of Louis IX,
Antoine with the arrow (through his head)
Cristo sin rostro
The battle of Ilion (working title):   miniature/Bosch.Breugel style painting on canvas for a change. Made some quick studies just to get the hang of it and test out colour schemes. The figures are slightly adapted woodcuts from an old book. See below for the sketches.
The study of Charles is done but I haven’t done anything about the panel yet.


The Rebis quest: still progressing well, suprisingly.


Other things:

Bought another sword, this time it’s a decorative sabre from the thrift store auction site. It doesn’t have a name yet.

Remodified an old velvet jacket from a major chain store because the sleeves were too short. Work done quite a long time ago: other buttons and sleeves slit open to insert some purple satin with a pattern. Work done now: added some fur on the sleeves.  It was supposed to look Italian but it’s more Burgundian in hindsight, especially the colours.

Fancy belt with fake precious stones: thrift store. Necklace with bird’s foot that can be put over one’s finger: Prague (it was a gift – don’t have one of those ridiculously garish gold chains unfortunately). Decorative dagger from a weapon/tourist shop in Carcassonne. The sabre goes well with it too as it came with a scabbard covered with purple velvet.  I am not sure if Burgundian Goth is a subgenre of medieval goth. If not, then it is now.


Back to Ilion: I’m having a go at a painting with many small characters, sort of Bosch/Breugel/miniature type. I have made some preliminary large scale sketches, just to have drawn them at least once and for testing colours. I took these pictures quite late in the evening so colours are off.

The canvas (40×40 I think)

Separate studies of the scenes:

This escalated quickly:

O yes, I’ve also been studying medieval saddles, they look strange.

That’s it for now.


Death by door, blood on the floor

In lieu of an inktober pen drawing here is a pencil sketch of Charles VIII, king of France at the end of the 15th century.

Trivia: Was engaged to Charles TB’s daughter when he was a child. Died in 1498 at the age of 27 after bumping his head on the lintel of a door in the castle of Amboise.

Ran into him at Langeais. My mother was very amused, because he looked like the spitting image of someone we know well. In hindsight it was one of those ‘Gideon is coming’ moments.


The fruit is for another day.







A few more wild sketches

An attempt to depict sleep paralysis. Not quite what I had in mind. Charcoal and Pandas

Having a bit of fun with de Croÿ. Pencil and Pandas


Chancellor Rolin with the tiny hands and bad haircut after a van Eyck.

Same, but after van der Weyden


Next post: maybe something about forbidden fruits.


Wednesday update: The devil is in the detail

Attended two sessions at the local art school, the two paintings I’m working on are almost finished and I can start a new one next week.

I have not been well the past couple days, so here are some bad photographs of rough sketches, none of them finished drawings,

Sketch after a painting of Dürer’s father

Girl with cone hat, after an old painting

Quick sketch after a picture of Vanni (see comments in earlier post)

Impaled at Nancy, testing some ideas for CIII (not sure if I already posted this or not)

The slightly updated pastiche of a Caravaggio

My pc is acting strangely so I made back-ups yesterday evening. I came across some pictures of the stunning Lucifer that is seated below the pulpit of Liège’s cathedral (sculpted in marble by Guillaume Geefs). I took them a few years ago, they’re not so great but I’d like to share one of my favourite details of the sculpture: the bite marks in the apple at his feet.

The side quest is going well, made some more progress. But, today I came across something funny when I was reading an article about the symbolism in the Feast of the pheasant organised by duke Philip, which was apparently one of the most impressive banquets in medieval times (aka how to squander tax money, nothing new under the sun). In the article it said that the Golden Fleece order was based on the myth of Jason and his fleece (not his a tv blanket), but also biblical Gideon who also had a fleece, also not his tv blanket. Philip the Good at squandering money on useless objects also had some Gideon (Gédéon in french, who, btw is a Judge from the bible book Judges, hey, doesn’t that ring a bell?) tapestries made. This rung another bell. In July, about a month or six weeks before this side quest popped up, we visited Albi, walked through the town and went down to the river, following a walking trail. There was a notice board, partially hidden by a bush, announcing works on the trail. Somebody had doodled a bird and some words on it. I took a picture of it because I thought it was funny, though I had no idea what it meant:

In hindsight it was kind of prophetic, ha ha.



Wednesday update

Just a quick midweek update as I won’t have time on Sunday.

Art school: almost finished the portrait I started last year. Just need to add some finishing touches and a glaze in a few months time. Not entirely happy with it, there is much room for improvement, but, hey, that’s what art school is for. Started something new, a more contemporary triptych. We’re not supposed to share pictures of our work in the atelier so no pictures of it, sorry (or thank heavens for that).

I have uploaded some pictures of The Flagellation of Christ by Caravaggio and Michaelina’s paintings (Sanguine and MAS exhibitions – see earlier post) on separate pages. They are listed in the Expo menu. For the record, I am not going to upload pictures of every exhibition or museum I visit in the menu, just the ones that stood out.

Drew another sketch/study of Charles (It’s the last item under WIP>Burgundia). Not just there yet. Maybe just one more before wasting a panel. I could just trace or project the image, but hey, where is the fun in that? Three paintings in rotation per location is enough so no other paintings in progress than the ones already mentioned before.

And now I leave you with a medieval picture of Jason and Medea that I found on Wikimedia Commons while I was looking for something cheerful and uplifting: