A Tryst with the Elder
I spent the month of March playing in a Facebook group which was practicing full body poses through sketching, painting, or any other media. I found it very entertaining, even though it took me a little outside of my comfort zone. It got me back into pencil sketching, something I haven’t fooled with in a very long time. It made me sketch poses I had never considered, and before I knew it, I was painting them. “Doors” was the first painting done from one of these sketches.
There are wonderful places on the internet to get artistic poses. One very cool site is called “Quickposes”, and several of my sketches, including the one for “Doors” came from poses in their data base. Another suggestion made in the group was to study the works of famous artists. Hm… That sounded like a great idea. I got out an old Art History book, blew the dust off, and started reading. Jeez. So many wonderful painters. Eye candy through the ages. I was enthralled and spent a couple of days just admiring all the amazing work and not doing any of my own.
Around c. 1530 or so, I found Lucas Cranach the Elder. I was blown away, totally blown away. Why had I never seen this man’s Art? Truth be told, I probably had, but because I was in college and found Renaissance paintings old and stuffy, I simply didn’t care to remember. Funny how thirty some years tends to change one’s perception. His work is brilliant. Full of dark humor, exotic beauty, fine detail. What’s not to love about someone holding a severed head on a platter? I’ve painted one myself! His nudes are glorious, with a totally modern feel. They have that “What…Ever” stance, unashamed, slouchy, can’t be bothered, wearing chunky neck chains, a sheer translucent drape, set against an intricate landscape. They seem to have a twinkle in their eye and mischievous spirit. Ah, but to paint like Cranach the Elder (a brief pause to consider the what ifs)… (and I’m back)… I kind of don’t think it’ll happen, pure Gulat here, but I can still learn a thing or two from him! I am glad to have found Lucas Cranach the Elder inside my musty old book, the inspiration for “A Tryst with the Elder”.
I guess the moral of this story is, unlike dogs, we are never too old to try new things. -OR- Just like dogs we should revisit the old to discover the new. Okay. I’m confused…
This painting is currently listed on eBay.