Hello and welcome to Part III of my Ruins Project, it has taken me some time to get this part finally published and I apologise for the delay; between one thing and another the work on this project came to somewhat of a standstill. However, I am now back to focusing on this project and ready to get Part III posted.
Where we left off in Part II I had just completed my final concept drawing and was moving toward getting the canvas prepped and a colour palette mixed up for the painting, now that both of those things are completed and I have put some colour onto the canvas, we can take a look at the current stage of the project.
This week’s Morning Coffee has fallen on a very important and special date for any fans of Tolkien and his legendarium of Middle-earth; the fact that today has caught up with me almost by surprise has caused me to rearrange my schedule in order to compensate for it.
Make sure you have got your coffee at the ready and let’s take a short stroll along the road that goes ever on.
Tolkien Reading Day has been upheld each year by the Tolkien Society, since 2003 when they initiated this event to encourage fans and readers to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien, by reading their favourite passages and sharing them with others.
The theme for this year’s Tolkien Reading Day is Life, Death and Immortality.
I’m also excited that this will be the first year for me to be able to partake as I have now marked the date clearly in my calendar and my mind, it’s shameful that I hadn’t already done this but such is.
Wow, I’ve gotten this far without a mouthful of coffee, although it’s no surprise that passion can be a better drive than caffeine, it’s the fusion of the two that I find a necessity in everyday life though.
Also starting today is another event in celebration of March 25th and Tolkien’s work, instigated by a fellow blogger, James over at A Tolkienist’s Perspective (a blog filled to the brim with highly interesting content and writings) has decided to do a #MegaMiddleEarthMarathon. The post with the details of this marathon and the hashtag can be found by Clicking Here. I will also be partaking in this marathon viewing of the six movies, watching the extended editions and consuming my weekend with the greatest creations of cinematic history.
So, let’s talk about March 25th and why this day has importance in the history of Middle-earth.
March 25th in the year 3019 of the Third Age is the date that the One Ring was finally cast into Mount Doom and destroyed, prompting the downfall of the Dark Lord Sauron and the tower of Barad-dûr in the process. The final destruction of The Lord of the Rings and the beginning of a new era; one where the darkness finally recedes after so many years of its influence and domination.
Now I’m going to take this moment to shamelessly promote my own work –
This piece of work is the fruit of my labours from my Lord of the Rings Project and my first oil painting, it seemed appropriate to add this to this post, if you’re interested in seeing the work that led towards this painting you can find my project posts by clicking the link.
Tolkien Reading Day
So what are your plans for today’s event, will you be reading any of Tolkien’s books and if so what will you be reading from? Will you be following the theme of Life, Death and Immortality or just reading generally? Lastly, do you intend to partake in the #MegaMiddleEarthMarathon and how long do you think it will take you to watch all six of the movies?
I’m most likely going to post again a bit later with some Tolkien excerpts in line with the theme for this year’s reading, please feel free to comment and thank you for joining me for this week’s Coffee Morning.
As always stay caffeinated and until next time, take care!
Welcome to this week’s Morning Coffee, if you’re here and reading this, congratulations as you managed to survive the Ides of March on Tuesday. Although that doesn’t mean to say that you came through it unscathed; so get the coffee brewed and let the aroma begin to work its magic on your senses.
Let’s start with the Ideas of March; now I’m not one that believes in things such as omens, superstitions or numerological harbingers, but the Ides of March does stand out in my mind and holds a certain sense of foreboding; with as much thanks to Shakespeare as Julius Caesar.
For just over a week now I’ve had to take a break from the Ruins Project to work on a commissioned piece, I’ve now finished the commission and thought that I would publish some of the work that I done in the early stages whilst gathering ideas and conceptualising; and also the finished piece of work that I produced.
The first thing that I had to do was to figure out the pose that I wanted the finished dragon to be in and how the dragon would look, they’re not the easiest creatures to find reference for without trampling all over someone else’s artwork so I spent hours looking at all different types of reptiles, from lizards to crocodiles trying to build up a good reptilian profile in my mind. I did also have a look through a lot of dragon pieces created by other artists, it’s incredible how popular dragons are as a subject of artwork.
Anyway that’s enough of me waffling, let’s get the sketches up.
I thought that as it has been a couple of weeks since my last post for the Ruins project it would be good idea to give an update on the current state of affairs.
The canvas is prepared and I have transferred my image onto it using the grid method to size it up to fit; I have given the canvas a yellow ochre wash over the charcoal lines as well; so all in all it is ready for starting the painting.
I’m at a bit of a stale mate with the colour palette I wish to use, whether to go for a normal daylight landscape, or whether to turn the piece into a nocturne which I think will make the scene a lot more interesting.
I’ve also had a commission piece to work on so that has been why I haven’t jumped straight into the painting yet because once I start, I don’t want to keep stopping; the commission piece I’m working on I will publish the progress of in this Friday’s Morning Coffee post.
I will be commencing the work on the Ruins Project next week so I’ll have a new post with some more progress to show by either the end of next week or the beginning of the following, thanks for stopping by and take care!
It’s been a busy and productive week so far and I plan to continue that productivity well into the weekend, there’s a lot to be done and 24 hours in a day is just not enough. I’ve laid out the canvas for the final painting of my current project; Ruins. I also published a new insight post this week, about Artistic Inspiration and the Muses and I’ve begun work on a small commission which looks to have a promising outcome.
This week I thought I would share a new website that I’ve recently discovered via an article in the Guardian newspaper and it looks to be a very promising site indeed.
The website is called Art UK and is basically a huge database of public works of art and it aims to include every public artwork whether it’s a painting, drawing, sculpture and so on, making them all available in one place and in turn creating the greatest online gallery of public art in the UK.
Currently, Art UK is home to over 212,000 artworks of almost 40,000 artists, so it is already a large collection and I’m sure it will grow ten fold over the coming years. As said before, all public art in the UK being showcased is the intention, and that will come to include the 80% of public art that is in storage and rarely seen by the public, bringing something seemingly new and refreshing to the public eye; also next year work will begin to capture and store over 100,000 sculptures.
As us art fanatics are already aware, there are a fair few online galleries of public artworks available online but there is something very promising about Art UK, I think it’s the effort they’re going to to find and store all of the UK’s public art and the fact that every image of the artworks stored will be of a high quality, eventually competing and possibly beating the likes of Wikimedia.
Personally I think it’s a huge undertaking but the results are sure to be fruitful and I will more than happily trawl through the website’s content, hopefully they will continue to include a decent bit of information on each artwork as well, more than just the medium, surface and size of the piece, I like something I can get my teeth into and that’s a rarity with most online gallery spaces.
Another great thing about this initiative is that for the first time, the public art collection will be able to be reached by any member of the public that has access to the internet, which requires no money whatsoever if you have a library card and use a computer there; it truly opens up the art world to the entire populace and that’s the way it should be, after all it is the public that owns all of this art even if it is in an indirect manner.
That’s it for this week’s Morning Coffee, I have included the links to the Art UK site throughout this post but if you missed them you can find it at – http://www.artuk.org – it’s definitely worth checking out and it will continue to grow, projects such as this one are inspirational to us all as art lovers and keep us informed of our artistic heritage.
Until next time, take care and keep the coffee flowing!