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The Sword in the Stone – Update

Het zwaard van Ardoewaan – very rough sketch in oils on A4 watercolour paper

So far I still haven’t finished one single painting in art school. Have been concentrating on the drafts and sketches. I have made dozens of sketches, trying out things and new colours, and new surfaces. It’s odd but I don’t like painting on traditional stretched or unstretched canvas. I prefer paper, wood and metal.

At home, I have more or less completed the small study of Apollo flailing Marsyas. Next on the to do list is to finish the rest of the paintings I have started but not yet completed: Oscar; Monthléry; the van der Weyden copy of Charles and Brexit. I am also making sketches for a couple new paintings.

Last week I ordered a digital copy of the 1944 Henry V movie with/by Laurence Olivier because I couldn’t find the complete film anywhere locally or online. The dvd arrived on Saturday morning and I have already watched it more than once and it’s even better than I expected. Apparently there is a new version of this play on Netflix but I haven’t watched that one yet. And there are many other versions of the play, among others with Kenneth Brannagh and Tom Hiddleston but until I have watched all complete versions, the overly camp version of the 1944 film is my favourite.

The matter of the magical sword of the Bold is out of the way, but now I am investigating the Valenciennes tournament knight again, and the autopsy report of Charles the Bold. There are many loose and even more dead ends.

But that’s for later. Now I am going to paint a little more.


Short Update

So far I haven’t finished any real paintings at the academy or at home this autumn. I have produced countless sketches, mostly on A4 paper or smaller, none of them meant to last as none of these pieces of paper were prepared with gesso and they will fall apart after some time, no doubt. Just like we do. I am stalling, I know. Postponing. An empty white canvas is daunting.

I am planning a series of works based on the ballad of Heer Halewijn, which is an interesting and rather gruesome tale.

Some sketches:

Still busy with Charles the Bold research. Read some autopsy reports and an account of Louis XI hemmorrhoids, absolutely captivating. One thing leads to another and I somehow ended up in a 1944 movie based on Shakespeare’s Henry V. Charles the Bold is somewhat related to Henry the V but was born 11 years after the latter’s death. I am trying to get hold of a dvd of the movie but it’s not so simple. Until then I make do with hazy pictures and crappy YT clips. I admit I love overly camp movies. Laurence Olivier has great charisma. Probably would have been a good choice to play the Bold except the Bold never smiled and wasn’t such a smooth speaker.

Anyway, made some rough studies in pencil, artisan and oil:

Spoiler alert: they won.

That’s about it, I guess….


Fine dramatic personalities

The past few evenings I binge watched Knightfall season 2. Ignore the Imdb score, season 2 is even better than season 1. Not exactly historically accurate but extremely entertaining nonetheless.

The past couple months I’ve spent most of my art time at home preparing my book with ideas and sketches for art school. Can’t show any of that yet (academy policy). But this week I have started work on the Burgundian paintings again at home.

Background music currently playing: the Unicorn ensemble with Rosa das rosas.

Gilles is a dead end but the Jacques are intriguing. Their coat of arms could be a lead.

(Re-)discovered an extra source of medieval inspiration, somewhat predating – or postdating as it’s based a play by the Bard – Charles the Bold: Henry V in superscope, aka Laurence Olivier rocking a bowl cut. Here is the link on YouTube:

In Superscope!


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