Monday, April 20, 2009

A Companion of Diana



Oil on 7x5 gessoed hardboard.
This is my attempt at Karin Jurick's DSFDF.This marble sculpture represents one of the nymphs who attended the hunt-goddess Diana... Jean-Louis Lemoyne (artist)
French, 1666 - 1755
I dreaded starting this one- but once I started (like a good book), I couldn't put it down.

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47 comments:

  1. You did an amazing job with this, Dean. It's so powerful and expressive. Your sculptural marks so suit this subject! I've been completely intimidated by starting it. I guess there's nothing to do but jump in....

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  2. OMG!!!!

    I was going to sketch, then I saw the awesome sketch already on DSFDF, I was going to do watercolor then saw the awesome watercolors posted and now I was going to challenge myself and try oil but DEANO!!!

    Okay, I know I'm not supposed to compare, this is fabulous! You're my inspiration to do better.

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  3. What a wonderful job you've done on this Dean! The bold red strokes in the background are fabulous and I love the way you picked up the red reflection in the stone. Beautiful!

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  4. Available? Not for long.
    It is a wonderful piece.
    The background is amazing.

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  5. Very, very nice Dean! The marble looks smooth and cool, and the background has beautiful strokes in RED no less...quite a juxtaposition, congrats!

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  6. This is great and I can see how involved one could get painting this.

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  7. Wow, wow, and wow! Happily I have been busy and have not had time to attempt this one, that's my story and I'm sticking to it :-)...I like that you admitted to dreading this one, but you stuck with it...WELL DONE!

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  8. Beautiful job, Dean! I love the bold red brushstrokes of the background - very dramatic.

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  9. This is lovely! So much energy with your color choices.

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  10. This is beautiful Dean. I'm only going to start my one tonight so will probably not finish in time for posting on Karin's blog. Like Sheila, this is going to be my inspiration!

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  11. VERY nice Dean! I wonder if the artists who created these masterpieces would be impressed to see their work rendered this way....I think they'd love your piece!

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  12. This is great. And again, you really got the "whites".

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  13. Hi Dean, You did a wonderful job on this. I love seeing the reflected colors on her from the background, especially on her legs.

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  14. You should be very pleased with this. Your rich red backgroud is very stricking against the blue marble and red reflections...I love it!

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  15. Dean! You did a fantastic job! The reflection of the red color on stone is really so lively! I like your paintings so much!

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  16. Dean, so pleased you couldn't put the brush down once you started. This is truly wonderful.

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  17. Love it Dean - your red rocks!!

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  18. Thanks, Liz...I can't wait to see your answer to this DSFDF...I know it will be great!

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  19. Sheila...Aww shucks..thanks you silver tongued devil! Your Diana companion will be great, as usual!

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  20. Hi, Gwen...Thanks for your thoughtful comments! I really appreciate your observations.

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  21. Thank you, Irit...you're very kind.

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  22. Thank you for you observations, Dana!
    I had hoped the contrast of the red background would accentuate the marble. So glad that you think it worked!

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  23. Thank you, Angela...I always appreciate your great comments. I be looking for your DSFDF submission.

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  24. Thanks, Edward...Glad you like that part...The first red strokes really inspired me on this one.

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  25. Thank you, Carol, my friend!

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  26. Thanks for your kind words, Maria!

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  27. Thanks for those kind words, Liz. Hope you get yours done in time to submit it.

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  28. Thanks, Deb...What a very nice thing to say!

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  29. Thanks, Pam! Aren't "whites" the greatest to paint?!!

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  30. Thanks, Barb...whenever possible, I like to carry over surrounding colors onto the subject.

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  31. Thank you, Carol...Glad you like the contrast between statue and B/G!

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  32. Thank you, Megha....I appreciate it!

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  33. Hi, Ann...I literally tried to stop several times...then thought "a couple more strokes"...I'd be off again. It was fun!

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  34. Hello Dean
    A stunning piece.
    I do like the use of colours and the gesture of the figures have been captured.
    Your loose brush strokes are well placed. Lovely reflected light from the background onto the statue.
    Best Regards

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  35. Very nice Dean,
    I do like the play of warm and cool and the reflection of the local colour on the figure. Your brush stokes have good movement.
    Well done!

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  36. excellent dean!
    that was quite a challange,you pulled it off superbly,it reads so well like a statue

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  37. Super job on this Dean, very dramatic.

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  38. goodness....did you bring stone to life or what? This is just an awesome painting!

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  39. This is really wonderful! Your use of color is dramatic. I found this particularly challenging and tried painting, sketching then settled on a mixed bag of tricks to study values. Thanks for sharing this great piece!

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  40. Trevor, my friend, thanks very much for your thoughtful comment!

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  41. Thanks for stopping by and those kind words, Kim.

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  42. Thank you, Rob...your words mean a lot considering that I have been a fan of yours for years on the Wet Canvas!

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  43. Dean...your talent continues to blow me away. This is nothing short of fantastic.

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