Sunday, April 26, 2009

"A Companion of Diana" - WIP Corner

4" Oil on unstr14 1/2"x 8 1/etched gessoed canvas.

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Stage 1 and 2.

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"Marilyn M King Studio".











The latest in Karin Jurick's DSFDF challenge was a photo's of the marble sculpture of a nymph and her dog titled "The Companion of Diana".

I spent a lot of time visualizing what I wanted the end result to be before I even prepared the canvas. That is not what I usually do, but I wanted to create a background that added movement and free brush strokes that worked with the image in a supportive way. It was similar to an athlete going through the process of visualizing the next pitch or jump and getting his body to follow through with the internal image.
I had painted these background strokes in my head over and over for about three days before painting. This exercise proved to be very helpful. The initial stage seemed to to paint itself. Quite a surprise! As I continued on with the sculpture, I drew with brush and paint with the attitude of a calligrapher, creating stokes with gesture and different pressures. I wanted the painting to have a feeling of spontaneity but worked very slowly. I thought out each stroke before it was place and checked distances constantly, while paying close attention to edges and values. I think I achieved the look of a quick "sketch" but it really took about seven hours to complete. This was done in one day in order to work wet into wet.

I've been working so small for so long that this "larger" size really freed me up to do some bold painting for me. I wasn't too excited about the challenge, but it has turned out to be my favorite so far. I really learned some valuable lessons, some of which will change how I paint from now on. Thanks to Karin for continuing to STRETCH our skills and artistic vision through her challenges. To visit "Different Strokes from Different Strokes" click here.

22 comments:

the_kennman™ said...

oh, quite nice! i love the sculpture you created . . . wasn't aware that u were n 2 sculpting. beautiful!

Marilyn M. King said...

I see that you are into sculpting yourself, Kennman. Love you... thanks.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Marilyn, I really like this interpretation with the beautiful movement behind Diana that supports it as you said. I also like the analogy to an athlete' visualization. Too often, I am a "plan as you paint" kind of artist, and if this kind of results work with visualizing and a plan, I will have to do that more often!! :)

Rick Nilson said...

best one yet!

L.Holm said...

Masterful! You got all of the movement you wanted, without detracting from the figure. This is amazing. I'm impressed by your visualization prior to painting.
I agree with Rick.

(and thanks again for clearing up my blog confusion...my blog fog. Maybe we're both staying up too late :-) )

Sheila said...

Awesome job! I love it! The colors, the brushstrokes in the background. everything!

dominique eichi said...

Marilyn, This one is one of the tops for me, Your masterful brushstrokes are perfect and the rhythm of your background makes it come to life which improves your overhaul painting. I really appreciated your thinking process also. This is Beautiful !

Marilyn M. King said...

Thanks to you all for your visit and wonderfully encouraging comments. It means a lot!

Edward Burton said...

An absolutely beautiful job, Marilyn. I love the freedom of your brushwork - very spontaneous looking.

adebanji said...

Great piece, I love the movement and colours!

Annie Salness said...

You did achieve the look of a quick sketch with your beautiful brush strokes! I love the color choice as well!

r garriott said...

Very dynamic! Nice job.

Carol Nelson said...

You have a lovely fluid background to the DSFDF challenge that no one else has. Beautifully done.

Vern Schwarz said...

Nice job on this Marilyn, you gave it your own beautiful interpretation. I'm never quite sure which blog of yours to go to, or comment on...ha!

maria said...

Just a great interpretation. Love the movement!

Jennifer Young said...

This is lovely. I really enjoy how you take these challenges and make them your own. A sign of true artistry!

christine said...

Marilyn, all of your careful preparation really paid off in this stunning piece!

Thank you for sharing your thought process and WIP with us. I've learned so much!

Marilyn M. King said...

Thanks for all the wonderful thoughts and comments!

Jennifer, your comment about "making it my own" sounds vaguely familiar -"American Idol"? LOL Thanks!

Jennifer Young said...

Ha! Could be. I've never seen American Idol so I'm probably quoting it all the time and don't even know it.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Dynamic brushwork and fabulous interplay between the warm sienna and cooler colors!!

Dean H. said...

Wonderful painting, Marilyn! Great loose, directional strokes in contrast with the statue.
I, too, sometimes pre plan in my head...view the photo--sleep on it. Seems many answers and approaches happen this way.
But my normal technique is to just jump in and start painting-almost as if in an effort to "surprise" myself at the outcome.

Ann Gorbett said...

Looks effortless. Love the calligraphic style you used. Really nice.