This is a painting I'm just doing for myself - been YEARS since I did an oil painting for no other reason than to just DO it! I must do more! This is just about done I think. Will look at it again tomorrow and decide...
I guess you are a professional & I am an amateur . This painting is not done yet ; I find her hand & arm too maculine , too much masculine work affect on you ? maybe ? I can see that she is not a fragile women , but still ..and what disturbs me on that painting is the left of the woman ( the right of the painting ); why did you do the grey background after you are done with the woman ? When I first opened this painting it hit me like old
paintings , " very well done " I thought & it is . There are so little paintings that I would like to hang on my wall & this could be one . I also , always plan to paint pic. with different windows . But you must do something about the left background of the woman . It is like you painted it , then I came & completed it very untalented:S
You are right - it's not finished yet. And I'm also unhappy with her hand, which is still at a rough stage. I don't mind the rey background though, and it was really all an experiment, trying something with negative space and a composition that breaks the rules. I'm not at all sure it works but I'm glad I tried something different.
I can imagine only now , that you don't mind the background because you knew already you could do it as perfect as the rest of the painting but you preferred not to mind . I should understand the mind of the artist before . I am curious to see the final state of the hand . I love hand & foot drawings & paintings ; very special lines & veins & shape of muscles .
Personally I'm unimpressed by perfectly feminized features when doing a woman, or equally with masculine figures. Coming from a scientist's perspective, women range from various levels of hormonal development and a beautiful woman with remnants of masculinity in her appearance are incredibly real and appealing to me. We can turn genes and hormones on or off, mostly without consciously thinking it, and a rough life with more demanding activity can show in the appearance of a beautiful, naturally estrogen pumped female. Gorgeous. The other aspects of the painting did seem more of an experiment, and aside from that grey on the right having too many distinguishable lines and patterns that cause a lot of distraction, I love it. I say go with the hand! (the thumb nail could use work, though. It's a bit too distorted by contrast)
this rocks Liam! no Bisley and Frazetta influence, but definitely fine art!
how do you start an oil painting? do you underpaint? or d you alla prima and wont stop till almost done, then do revs when dry? or do you still work out the problems thru thumbs?
i like how you textured the white wall, never have i found white backgrounds, or foregrounds to be this appealing. and it compliments the intensity of the woman. you're not drawing musclebound creatures and i'm still loving your work!
Thank you. I don't quite know what it is that forever draws me back to barbarian pictures... I think I FEEL like I have a classic of the kind in me somewhere and I need to achieve that aim. Sadly, in my eyes, I never have. It's the emotional resonance I'm looking for, and that's harder to find in a stereotypical barbarian piece!
Maybe that's the answer for you? To break out of the box and do a barbarian picture that is not stereotypical and has the resonance of this piece and others that you've done. I liked one you posted a while back-I think it was a portrait actually...Maybe your conscious is making you do a stereotype and when you think barbarian this is what you get? you're almost tuned into it that way.. I don't know maybe that's looking too far...
It sure is, didnt recognise it from the first sight, Btw u should add a new pic of it without all the signs. As for today's barbarian he's cool but if u allow me to point your attention at it, I think his back seems kinda too straight and flat, u know, I think it needs more of a curve in the waist and depth in between the shoulder blades. May be only the photo though, u seem to have taken it under some angle, which bends and twists things a little