Working on my second painting in art school, part one of a small modern ironic triptych/house altar on a wooden panel. Very frustrating as usual.
In class I paint mostly women, at home it’s the other way round. Paintig gear was still in the atelier until yesterday so didn’t paint. Made some sketches after Dürer for fun plus some anatomy studies. Evenings were spent researching BSCC (bat shit crazy Charles) and paintings of him. I didn’t find too many modern or contemporary versions but a certain Jean-Xavier Renaud, who has a pretty wild style, did some watercolours of Burgundians which were interesting. The one of C is not so great, though. There is also a pretty bizarre 1900ish painting of C by Henry de Groux. Looks more like the Phantom of the Opera, but never mind.
I have some prepared wood panels lying around and one is more or less the right size and ratio. On the site of the English National Gallery I found a document with a lot of information about the work method and materials of van der Weyden and his studio, including the colours that were used. A lot of these are quite hazardous (lead white etc) but there are good alternatives. The panel I have is poplar wood which is more Italian than the traditional oak, but it will have to do. I should definitely go and have a look at the original Anthony again in the coming days, he wears a similar coat plus same ridiculously dramatic necklace. All that remains now is to copy the image of the original portrait. Not sure yet how. I could do it freehand or try to create a camera obscura. Or maybe just the plain old holes and charcoal method. Or shall I cheat and just simply project the image?
While collecting old pictures I came across this detail of a rather worn old miniature on Wikipedia. It was supposedly painted by Rogier van der Weyden or his studio. The miniature depicts – I think – the presentation of the manuscript of the Hainaut Chronicles (they made a whole fuss of handing over a book in those days. Quite a difference with how they are thrown at you from the back of a van nowadays) . In the little scene below are some unknown men attending the ceremony. Even with the terrible haircuts, it’s absolutely amazing. Look at the man in grey. That face…
I’ll leave you with some music. Yesterday while I was reading about the battle of Nancy, one of the songs suggested by Spotify was this one.