"Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it."
- Lloyd Alexander
I like this oil... influences from Georges Rouault?
I hadn't been thinking of Rouault at all, but after looking at some of his work I see what you mean.I've become more interested in religious art lately like he was, but I've also been getting more precise and detailed lately as opposed to his bolder, more free style. I love oils but haven't practiced with them in a while. This picture is probably four years old. Looking at it again inspires new ideas though.To think that he burned 300 of his pieces befor he died! Although sometimes I look at my old stuff and want to throw stones at it.
You know Yvette?... The more I study this painting, the more I like it. It's quite good! I keep logging in here and looking at it. Who was the subject and why is he surrounded in darkness? There is something pleasing about his intense stare contrasted with the casual way he holds his cigarette. It's as if he has this vast reservoir of stored up energy, yet he's completely oblivious of it. An interesting character for sure. Have you done any other paintings in this dark and bold style? If you haven't already, would you consider a self portrait in that style?
I didn't have anything particular in mind, the subject and setting were figments of my imagination. I just sat down in my living room one night and drew it. There's something I've always loved about drawing depressed or intense-looking older men with facial hair. I think one reason is that I personally find that this subject matter is not only forgiving but it is the best subject matter for expressing emotions, better than say women or young people. It's pretty small, only about 5" by 3", but I really liked how well it turned out. I think I only have one more piece like this that I can find. I haven't attempted a self-portrait in a while but I plan to take a stab at it again soon. I'm glad I never got rid of those oils...
I like the other oil you posted. But this is still my favorite. The subject is looking at the viewer and it works well. We don't know what the other guy is looking at. A bad poker hand? :-)
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