Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Art Review - "A Chief of Abyssinia" by Henri Regnault - National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

For #museumtourtuesday, here is a powerful portrait by Henri Regnault from the National Gallery of Art that captures personality, intensity and movement.

The use of the intense yellow and red colors gives the suggestion of royalty, but the true suggestion of strength comes from the powerful gaze in the man's eyes and the way he holds his head high.

I love the way the piece is thinly painted throughout, but especially around the eyes. Here, the glow from this translucency of the light passing through the thin glaze of paint and off of the canvas beneath gives him an incredible sense of life.

Regnault, who died at the 2nd Battle of Buzenval in 1871, would have only been 27 years old when he created this beautiful painting.

"A Chief of Abyssinia" • Henri Regnault • c. 1870 • Oil on Canvas • 16 5/8" x 12 5/8"

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Pet Portrait Commission - Detail

Here's a detail of my current pet portrait commission in progress. Always so much fun to paint dogs. They each have their own unique personality.

 

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Throwback Thursday - "Barbie" Pet Portrait

This was Barbie. Barbie was the sweetest cat ever ... but only to those she cared about. If you crossed her, you would get an earful of obscenities. You might not understand the language, but the intent was always clear.

She was also really good at stealing food, breaking things, knocking stuff down for attention, banging on closed doors, randomly terrorizing other pets, and nipping unsuspecting human noses, just to show you who's boss.

Barbie passed away five years ago this month. We miss everything about her.

"Barbie" • Oil on Panel • 19" x 19" • Private Collection

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Art Review - "The Ox-Driver, an Old-Time Figure of the West" by Harvey T. Dunn - Brandywine River Museum of Art

For #MuseumTourTuesday, here's a painting we were able to view at the Brandywine River Museum of Art by American illustrator Harvey Dunn. A student of the great Howard Pyle, Dunn would later become a great teacher in his own right, mentoring other well known illustrators such as Dean Cornwell.

One of the things I find fascinating about this painting is the way in which Dunn crops the Ox. By pushing its head off the left edge of the canvas, the artist gives us a greater sense of its power and massiveness. Also interesting is that the ox and driver become one shape, suggesting their important relationship to each other.

"The Ox-Driver, an Old-Time Figure of the West" • Harvey T. Dunn • 1909 • Oil on Canvas
• 34 7/8 × 26 in

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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