A painting of a statue I bought a while ago as a present to myself for finishing my masters in classics and ancient history. Nike/Victoria is the Greco-Roman goddess of victory so it seemed fitting. It’s a more modern design than what I normally go for but it’s pretty nonetheless.
I wanted to practice painting a beard. I think I made the mistake of going for too much detail and contrast in the beard, which I’ll have to bear in mind in the future.
I’m planning to paint Minerva/Athena. It will be a portrait from head to the lower leg. In order to be able to paint the face in sufficient detail I need a canvas larger than my current easel can accommodate (I’m thinking at least 1 metre in length). Right now I don’t have the money to … More Preparatory painting of the face of Minerva
A portrait from a scene in the 1943 film “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp”. It takes the form of a 40 year flashback charting the life of an English general, Clive Candy, from a young firebrand to an old man unable to adapt to the realities of modern war. It is a war … More Anton Walbrook as Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorf
I usually don’t like painting still lifes. I get bored when painting anything that is not a human. The one object I enjoy painting for a still life is therefore a statue. Statues are a traditional object for art students to paint as it teaches them to paint in a way that emulates a particular … More Painting Busts
Study of “Day”, also known as “Hemera”. I chose to do a study of this because I wanted to improve my linework and I think Bouguereau is best for that. I also wanted to practice both the female nude and fabric folds. Further, I already had a poster of this painting which I stuck onto … More Study of Bouguereau’s “Day” (1881)
I thought for this painting I would give people an idea of what happens before I start painting. PLANNING – THE INITIAL IDEA I wanted to paint a portrait for my friend as a housewarming gift. I decided to use this portrait as a training opportunity so instead of relying too much on a photograph … More Portraits of Friends – Charl