If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, then you already know the drill:
- Start with an out-of-context song quote or title that ‘s only peripherally relevant to the content of the art in the post.
- Follow it with a ‘funny’ observation about art, life, or the previously mentioned song title. Make this a few paragraphs longer than it needs to be.
- Awkwardly segue into a description of the art that’s about to follow.
- Post that art; sketch first, maybe an early stage of the painting, then the finished piece.
Classic structure is not just for blog text. Tried and true forms have engaged artists for hundreds if not thousands of years. Take the Venus statue. Various artists have sculpted and re-sculpted female forms. The Hellenistic Greeks perfected the beauty. The Romans preserved the tradition by copying many of the best originals – many of which did not survive to today.
Somewhere along the line, ‘Venus’ lost her arms. Artists from the renaissance onward have taken the pruned beauty as a source of inspiration. A diminutive plaster cast that my colleague Nancy owns served as the subject of today’s work.
Below, you’ll see a couple of preparatory sketches I did, as well as a nearly complete stage of the painting, and the finished piece.
Nancy entreated me to do another painting of the Venus statue. She suggested dramatic lighting and more monumental scale. What suggestions do YOU have for a new Venus?