After Greek Statue of a Boy Wrestling a Goose

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This drawing, which measures about 5.5." x 7.5", was
drawn entirely with a blending stump charged
with graphite powder on a piece of gessoed watercolor paper.

I have always been inspired to draw by ancient works, as
you must know if you are familiar at all with my blog. But
I've always had a particular fondness for this statue. In
this drawing the goose is given a very perfuntory render-
ing so you cannot really see him, but the sinous lines of
the statue's design still come through, I think.

I did do a large green pastel drawing of this same work, but I
was never satisfied with it. In that work the goose was quite
realistically rendered, but I wasn't happy with the boy...
oh well, it's always something.

I'm so excited! I just purchased a set of an entirely new
type of acrylics, called Interactive. They are made in
Australia, and have quite revolutionary characteristics
for acrylics. More about that later. I can't wait to use

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Watercolor Monotype of Aphrodite Removing a Thorn from her Foot (after a Greek statue c. 300 BCE)

This very small image is one of my favorite
things. It is a watercolor monotype.
There are several ways of making these. This
one was made by taking a piece of frosted Mylar,
and adhering it with some Studio-Tac to a thin
acetate printing plate.
Then I created the image with a combination of
water-soluble Caran d'Ache crayons, and Prang
Notice that there is a red line drawn around the
image. This is to create a barrier that will keep
any paint from oozing out into the margins
of the printing paper and spoiling the image.
This image is just about 10% larger than it
is in real life.

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Pastel Drawing of a Tree after one in a Medieval Painting

This is an odd reproduction of this picture. It is actually much
more colorful than this. Perhaps it is because I scanned it.
The paper I drew it on was Sennelier gray pastel paper, which
had quite a heavy texture - this is hardly noticeable in real
life. Anyway, the blues don't come through as they should.
This is a tree that has always caught my attention in a small
painting in the Medieval to Early Renaissance section in the
National Gallery in Washington, which I am lucky to say is
only about twenty minutes from where I live. Unfortunately,
I never wrote down the name of the artist, but I do remember
that it is a depiction of the devil (with very large, nasty horns,
but dressed for some unexplained reason, like a Franciscan)
tempting Christ in the wilderness. An odd picture, but the
tree is sublime.
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PS - I fell off of my bicycle and injured both of my arms, so
it will be a few more days before we see anything really
NEW here. Please have patience.


After a Donatello TerraCotta Bust of Niccolo da Vezzano, ca. 1430

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This is a gouache and gold paint (you can't see the gold paint in
this photo) study from a picture of a terra cotta bust of Niccolo
do Vezzano, ca. 1430. Niccolo must have been a Franciscan Monk,
judging from his dress. But what drew me to his image was his
soulful, kind face, and the wonderful shapes in his habit, that
inspired in me some loose line work with a brush of which I have
to admit I am very proud. It is impossible to really reproduce this
image, unfortunately. There are delicate pinks and blues in it,
particularly in the margins, that just don't come across in the
reproduction. There is a gold line around the image which glitters
in the light , and adds a slight sacred touch.