The Lord of the Rings Project – Update II

As promised, here is the latest progress of my current The Lord of the Rings Project –

Sam Carrying Frodo - Art - LOTR - the lord of the rings - painting

It’s come a long way since the last update a couple of weeks ago, unfortunately of late I haven’t been able to spend as much time on it as I have wanted to but I’m now getting back into my schedule and I’m only expecting one or two more updates before I can publish the finished work, if all continues smoothly.

I may have mentioned this before, but it’s truly amazing how my confidence grows with every brush stroke, even the ones that don’t go the way I want them to, I learn great deals from. The paint is working for me rather than against me most of the time now as well which is fortunate.

Any feedback or comments will be greatly appreciated and if you’re interested in a chance to win some of my artwork as well as choose the theme of my next painting, check out the competition I’m currently running; you can find that by Clicking Here.

Thanks for taking the time to look at this post and I’ll be publishing a written piece next week on Wednesday.

Until then, take care!



Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Frederic Leighton – Compare and Contrast

For this essay about modern and contemporary art, I have chosen the Victorian era and two classical-subject painters from this era to compare and contrast; divulging how they were influenced and inspired by the happenings and world around them. Before comparing a piece of work of each artist, I intend to look into how their lives and contextual issues affected them as both men and artists, shaping the way they became and moulding them into artists who chose to depict classical subjects as opposed to following along with the other movements of the time; movements such as Impressionism and Post-Impressionism; Fauvism and Expressionism, which came into being later on in the artists’ careers and would have been an easy bandwagon to jump onto.

The two artists that I have chosen for my subjects are Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912); and Sir Frederic Leighton (1830-1896); and their works chosen for this writing are Alma-Tadema’s The Triumph of Titus: AD 71 (1885) and Leighton’s Daedalus and Icarus (1869).

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The Lord of the Rings Project – Update

Welcome back for the update of my current project, if you’ve missed the previous parts of this project, they can all be found by Clicking Here 

In Part V, I published the finished underpainting of the scene that I’ve chosen to depict for this final painting; Sam carrying Frodo up the slopes of Mount Doom. I’ve now made more progress on the painting and started the overpainting phase, it’s a total learning curve and I’ve made a few mistakes here and there which I’m rectifying as I go.

I’m gradually becoming more comfortable with the oil paints and I am convinced now that this is my medium and will be employed for all future works; with the odd watercolour here and there.

Sam Carrying Frodo - Art - LOTR Art - the lord of the rings - painting

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