Monday, 31 March 2008

pastel portrait - of Chagall

Here I am again with another pastel painting. Not what I would call a masterpiece, but another step in the long road back to producing drawings/paintings. I have been quite busy of late and have not kept my promise to myself of starting a sketch book to try to recover some of my old skills. Too much abstact painting and papercrafting/craftwork has left me feeling just a little lost when it comes to this sort of thing. I never was what you would call a draftsman but I did feel that I could do a fair job, I have a lot of hard work ahead.

For a look at the original try here and for more work by Marc Chagall (an artist I admire tremendously) try this link

My own poor version of this self-portrait shows that I have a love of colours which is not evident in the original. I can't resist using the brighter colours which jump out of the box of pastels at me. I evidently need to retrain my hand to work in co-ordination with my eyes. I have lapsed back into the approach of drawing what I want to see or what I think is there rather than what I actually see. Anyway, here it is:-


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actual size 14 X 10 inches
Look at any area in detail and it is quite easy to spot the differences which contribute to the overall failure to capture the likeness. The ear, for example, I have drawn shadows which aren't on the original... but which I would have expected to be there. The eyes in my version are smaller and closer together. The nose is more bulbous and the mouth.... well I had so much trouble with that it is not true.
However I post the portrait here as another marker in my return journey. I must get out my sketchbook and get back to seeing what is there. It was always a problem with me and I have just allowed the discipline to drift away. Possibly one of the reasons why I always liked landscape painting. More freedom and less hassle trying to get things "right".
Anyway back to papercrafting and altered art this morning, my sketch book will have to wait.

8 comments:

Kim said...

Arty, I think you have a very good start on this self-portrait and can see a lot of Chagall influence. I wish I could offer you some suggestions, but I have never been one for trying to get things "right" with my paintings and suppose that is one of the reasons why I do abstracts. I do, however, find keeping a sketchbook is very helpful on lots of fronts.

Thanks for helping with my little problem on my blog today! I appreciate your comments there.

Where in the Midlands are you. We just left The New Forest last year, and I miss it terribly.

Artyfax said...

Thanks for your comments Kim

My domicile is in Solihull, never moved far from my birthplace let alone to another continent

Jinny said...

Well I think you have done a grand job John-much better than I could ever do!

Artyfax said...

thanks Jinny but I know my limitations - John

Jan said...

Hi John - your site came up on my Blogrush - so it DOES work!. Love the Chagall influence - can't comment on the technicalities of it because I am not that knowledgeable. Suffice to say that Chagall is one of my most favourite artists and you have done him proud!! Jan xx

WendyK said...

You've done a great job John, I'm hopeless at portraits, people or animals. I can draw mice, and that's it

Artyfax said...

Thanks Jan

Artyfax said...

Thanks Wendy