Sunday, October 14, 2012

Wrapped In Glory

Finished this fella a couple days ago but lost the front view photos.  Retook them this morning so here he is in all his proud glory.  He had sat on my workbench for a week staring at me while I couldn't figure out just what to do with the blanket.  There was so much area there that it had to have some kind of design to bust up all that surface.  Well, while flipping through my reference material I came across a photo of a painting by John Moyers which solved that problem.  Here's the link to that painting".  http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-J_JmQlo4fpY/T11kH0QZ7BI/AAAAAAAAVio/uMLwZMyPwtw/s400/Native%2BAmerican.jpg   Some might call this copying.  I don't!  I consider it taking advantage of the information that is available.

I penciled on the lines for the design and then lightly burned the breaks.  I applied the paint pretty straight from the bottle on the wet surface to get the strongest color.  I think those strong colors really bring out the softness of his face.  Even the hat was painted straight but that too appears soft compared to the flag.  The gold choker also amplifies the richness of the whole piece.   Just my opinion.

I painted the hair a dark gray before dry brushing on the white.  Instead of using Moroccan Red on the braid wraps I used straight Red Iron Oxide as I wanted a clear definition between those two red colors.  The hat is  Midnight Blue, shaded with black.  I think the skin tones could be a little darker but overall everything seems to work so I'll leave it as it is.  As I mentioned earlier the earrings are pounded brass painted gold.

The piece stands just over 15" with the base so it will be pretty impressive setting on the display stand or the Judges table.  There are more photos in the Gallery and your comments are always welcome.

4 comments:

  1. Very striking visual appeal to this piece. The flag changes my perception of his expression. Unpainted I though he had a sly grin that foretold some mischief...now his expression looks like pride. Amazing ow the accessories can change the subject. The strong colors and contrast should grab the eye from across the room...an outstanding piece for the exhibit.

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  2. Good job Lynn! The flag reminds me of Chivington in Colorado, the sand creek massacre, the cheyenne were flying the flag, but didn't mean a thing to chivington, he wiped them out anyway!

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  3. Carver, Painter.....i'm envious. Graet piece. The colors simply made this piece POP!!!

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