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Michelangelo’s’ Pieta

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Master copy, Michelangelo’s Pieta: Lena Adams, 2018. Bic on A4. Owned by Gerald V Scyoc.

I wanted to practice my values and I was trying to find the best line work for a sculpture of this magnitude. It seemed to be a successful art practice, as the artist Gerald Van Scyoc bought it a few hours after completion.

You should check out Gerald’s website. To me his work is steeped in mythology and the subconscious, combining craftsmanship with artistic sensibility.

Here is more info on the beautiful sculpture by Michelangelo, for those interested in art history:

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Petr in his uniform

my take on van Gogh’s many portraits of Joseph Roulin – I also have a friend who favors one outfit only.

I came towards this portrait with two aims in mind:

  1. I wanted to figure out the energy of this dude for self-preservation purposes. If I can paint a person (not draw – you can draw one mood very quickly) into a cohesive portrait, then I comprehend the very concreteness of that person in that manner of time. Naturally we all change continuously, but not in the space of time one of my painted portraits take me. If the soul that is to be painted keeps flexing from one corner to another I know it is not a good person in front of me.
  2. Petr tends towards the uniform kinda fashion. You know that professor you had that seemingly only wore one outfit? Yep, that is the fashion style of the dude. Which reminded me of the portraits of Joseph Roulin by his bff Vincent van Gogh. I looked up the palette Gogh uses – therefore relying on the cheaper Prussian blue, and naturally the complimentary of all this is yellow (ocher, being very orange and all.) I had my main palette. I enjoy limited palettes, so added just a little bit of ivory black, burnt sienna as a red, titanium white, and touches of cadmium yellow on the hands –> which I removed as much as I could with a knife… it did not belong in this portrait.

And behold, my best portrait to date:

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Petr in his uniform: Lena Adams, 2018. Oil on wood. 40x30cm.

It was a blessing to work full figure. When you rely on selfies to paint (whether you depend on the charitable RedditGetsDrawn, your own selfies, or from the PortraitParty) there always seem to be just head shots available. By making your own source material, i.e. getting a friend to sit for you, the dilemma of the evisceration of main body parts is all a thing of the past.

And also, my psychological investigations reached its conclusions. I moved in with the dude, and so far I am….. happy?

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Highlights from 2017

In 2017 I became single and moved to the next town over (Mosjøen in Northern Norway.) It was a good year, a terrible year.

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A Dream of Jane Austen: Lena Adams, 2017. Oil on canvas, 40x30cm. A reddit gets drawn portrait. Sold.

I started to get friendly with burnt umber:

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Figure study in burnt umber: Lena Adams, 2017. Oil on canvas, I believe it was at least 40cm wide. Donated for a charitable auction.
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Self portrait in umber: Lena Adams, 2017. Oil on canvas paper, 24x32cm.

I did quite a few master copies:

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Portrait of Christ after Ivan Kramskoy: Lena Adams, 2017. Bic on A4.
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Saint Peter after Guido Reni: Lena Adams, 2017. Bic on A4.

I even played with charcoal:

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Aleister Crowley: Lena Adams, 2017. Charcoal on A3.
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Claudia: Lena Adams, 2017. Charcoal on A3. Sold.

I did more than a few ink drawings:

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Figure study: Lena Adams, 2017. Bic on Bristol, A3. Sold
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The Blue Apron: Lena Adams, 2017. Bic on A4. Sold

and ink paintings

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Oranges are supposedly the only fruit: Lena Adams, 2017. Ink and watercolor, 24x32cm.

And realized the importance of Zoe Princess Dramaticum

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Zoe: Lena Adams, 2017. Ink-wash on Bristol, A4.