Canto VI Cerberus 2016
The Divine Comedy (Illustration)
Dante awakens in the 3rd circle.
Cold dirty rain-fall, mixing with heavy hailstones, pounding down, finally, streaking the nude bodies of the condemned souls lying supine in the filthy mud. (epic poetry of Dante Alighieri)
Cerberus, the three-headed, dog-like worm beast stands over the souls clawing at the slightest movement made by the supine lying in the filth.
The process of the painting is below.
I did a few drawings like this one above and a watercolor.
Next, I painted a similar version on a canvas with egg tempera to start with.
I started building up shape and color
Then I changed my mind about something
I wanted a frontal view of the mouth
I put everything more or less where I wanted it
And then I changed my mind again
That’s what I like about art
After our funny hail storm in June, these little yellow sun flowers bloomed on the terrace all at once.
I took out my easel and oil paints onto the terrace and started to paint the mini sun flowers early morning.
I mix my own colors with natural pigment bound with linseed oil. The colors are: cadmium lemon yellow, yellow chrome, transparent gold ochre, cadmium orange, magnesium blue, intense crimson, tierra sombra and cadmium red.
I usually start with my favorite part and build around it.
I just try to paint what I see.
I put the exact color and shape on the canvas as quickly and accurately as possible.
Here again the next morning in the hot sun.
Here I started putting in the skyline.
Since all the colors influence each other, I try to find all them as quickly as possible before the light changes.
The background colors are established, so now I start with more detail in the foreground.
I felt as if I had finished the painting at this point and then I couldn’t resist putting a scumble on it to push the back ground into the distance.
So little by little I started building up the foreground, leaving the back ground alone.
Summer June Flowers 2017.
This is the largest plein air watercolor I have done so far. It was quite an adventure.
The fountain was dry when I got there. I asked the gardener if it would have water soon.
The gardener told me that they were cleaning it but that he would turn it on the following morning so I could paint it with water.
The next morning the fountain had its beautiful cascade!
There was a heat wave in Madrid and the sky turned a dark, almost purple color that I didn’t want to paint. I was waiting for the sky to turn light blue again.
Finally the sky was blue like the first day and once I got everything in place, I stopped painting.
Painting the Lds Temple was a really nice experience. I made two new friends A and J. They told me a lot of interesting things about the Temple and gave me a beautiful book related to the Temple.
There’s nothing like painting in Madrid
I realised that I had to focus. First I got a body of watercolors together 2014 to 2016.
Here’s a short clip of the watercolors in the show and a few pictures.
When I got together around 50 watercolors, I started matting them.
This is the style I used for presentation – A beige mat with plexi-glass and swiss clips.
Once it was all set up, the show looked really nice. I Saw a lot of family and friends I hadn’t seen for a long time as well as meeting new friends.
Although it was very hard work, it was something I wanted to do and I’m glad it happened.
The light in Madrid, Spain is always inspiring.