Time to Happen to Things…

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the future of my artwork and where I intend to take it when the time comes; the steps that I need to take in order to eventually turn my artistry into a business and livelihood. These thoughts can at times seem daunting or like an immense challenge and in many respects they are; equally though there is nothing in life that I can think of that is rewarding without being challenging in some way.

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The Lord of the Rings Project – Final Update

This is now the final update on my Lord of the Rings Project until I post the finished piece; the last update I posted was going to be the final update but I wasn’t satisfied with how it looked and felt the need to post one more before completion.

sam carrying frodo - oil painting - art - lotr - lord of the rings art

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The Discipline of Drawing

With my Lord of the Rings painting project drawing to a close, I’ve started to think about where I’m going next in terms of project ideas and subject matter for another oil painting; I have countless ideas of what to do for my next piece but I also have a lot to learn about the human form in general and I need to build up my skill in that area.

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The Lord of the Rings Project – Update III

So, here we are at Update III and now fast approaching the end of the painting and the culmination of the project. If you have missed the previous parts of this project, they can all be found by Clicking Here.

sam carrying frodo - wip - oil painting - lord of the rings art

As is evident from the picture, I still have a fair amount of colour to add to the figures’ clothing and the flesh tones need to be painted again with more of an orange-red hue due to the light that’s hitting them. Once that’s done I’ll be working on the finer details and highlights and then calling it a day; well I say that now but I’ll probably keep finding more to add to it. It’s hard not to overwork a piece and it takes a real discipline to work it to a finished enough stage and leave it.

With that in mind, I doubt that I’ll post another update now until the piece is finished and I’m aiming to have it finished within two weeks, I’m still not overly good with timing myself with this yet, mainly due to being new to oil painting; and for my first artwork created in oils I’m very happy so far despite the odd mistakes and problems I’ve encountered a long the way.

Thank you for taking the time to have a look at my work; I’ll still be posting regularly on Wednesdays and so until next time, take care!