Almost done. Some areas need the values adjusted. I should get it finished in the next update.
I should have been catching up on the painting today, but instead I made a trip to see an exhibit down in Austin of original artwork by Frank Frazetta.
There were several paintings and a couple pencil drawings of his there. It was my first time to see original art by him, and I was more than thrilled. Seeing “The Egyptian Queen” and “Conan and the Man Ape” alone was well worth the trip. Art at this level should always be seen in person. If you’ve only seen them in print, you are missing out. The tones that Frazetta put in the shadows almost always got eliminated in prints. I was very surprised to see how thinly he painted. I couldn’t find even slightly raised brush strokes anywhere, and they were all oils.
Also on display were other artworks by Drew Struzan and other artists from a collection of director, Robert Rodriguez. The large “Sin City” portraits I especially liked. The show will run through next week, ending Saturday the 21st. If you’re in the Austin area please check it out.
Great news happened at last night’s opening of the Imagine Art Show: I won the “Best in Show” award! I know, right? I’m as surprised as you! This was for my painting, “Shakespeare At Dusk.”
You may notice that it looks a little darker than my previous posts of the finished art. That isn’t due to the lighting at the show, but because a few months ago I had changed the painting to have a darker, greyer tone. It was a risky move, since it was a finished painting that came out looking okay at the time, but I felt something just wasn’t satisfying me. After letting it sit awhile I decided to go back and make it look more like the original scene that had inspired me. Here’s a sharper picture of the painting:
I’m happier with the new version, and apparently it paid off. I stood next to the painting last night, speaking with people viewing the painting, and was happy to hear them understand exactly what I wanted them to feel.
I’m very grateful to the Round Rock Art Council for honoring my work with the award. If you get a chance to visit the show, please take the time.