Despite my indecisiveness about whether or not to continue with a written counterpart for my Ruins Project, I have decided to write a brief post looking at some of the artwork created by the Master artist, Claude Lorrain.
Claude is without any doubt, one of the greatest painters of the landscape that has ever lived; although in 17th century Italy landscape painting was not a subject deemed classical enough to be classed as a true work of art and with that in mind, Claude painted figures and narratives into his beautiful scenery; usually mythical or religious figures that would feed the hunger both of patrons and the public. However, it is clearly evident from his sketchbooks and the quality of the scenery in his finished works that his focus was mainly centred around the landscape.
One good way to describe Claude Lorrain is as the painter of the idealised landscape providing the setting for classical subject narratives. The creator of mythical and religious scenes that the viewer can engage with as though present in the story, a Baroque equivalent of the cinema.
I have handpicked my favourite artworks by Claude Lorrain that are relevant to the theme of Ruins and in no particular order, here they are:
It felt like a lifetime ago that I last wrote a post for the Ruins Project and upon checking when the last post was, my suspicions were confirmed. Between one thing and another, circumstances have dictated the path of my work over the past month or so; I won’t go into all that here and now as it’s pretty irrelevant at this point.
The good thing is that I’m now back in my Sanctum Sanctorum and working again. I’ve been doing some little bits and pieces today, tomorrow will be much the same as I have a few small pieces I’m currently working on; Friday however, I will be back to painting and working towards getting this project finished.
Here we are for Part IV of my Ruins Project, there’s still some way to go with the project overall but I though that it was time to offer another glimpse at this work in progress, which has come on in leaps and bounds since the last post and will soon be ready for the detailed work.
Sticking to my decision of this piece being a nocturne, I have continued with the same colour palette that I wrote about in Part III, but with the addition of using more Crimson than I had previously purposed to, giving the overall palette more of a purple hue; which I have found looks a lot more realistic and is definitely more pleasing to the eyes.
Without further ado, lets look at the painting itself.
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.
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!
Hello and welcome to Part II of my Ruins art project, if you missed Part I, you can see that by Clicking Here.
With this project being a shorter one than the last one was, I have jumped the gun a bit in terms of getting straight into drawing up a final concept to use as a reference for the final painted piece of work. I didn’t want to drag it out and take another age before wrapping up the project as I need to get as many pieces of work added to the portfolio as soon as possible; moving fast but without detriment to the quality of the work.
Without further ado, here is the finished drawing –
So finally the time has for publish the first part of this project containing my own artwork; although having said that, aesthetics are not the aim of this stage, ideas and forming a concept have been my only objective. In just the course of the short time I’ve spent on these sketches, the entire concept has changed hugely and I am now at a stage where I know where I want to go with the work for a final piece; but that’s a little way off yet.
Initially the idea was just to research different ruins and types of architecture until I decided upon what I wanted for my work, I primarily thought about doing an ancient Norse inspired work, some ruins and the head of a statue, perhaps hinting at an Icelandic landscape post-Ragnarok.
I have now started work on my new project which I announced last week, you can see that post by Clicking Here.
For this project, I will be publishing the artwork that I create in parts and in between the parts containing the artwork will be written pieces about relevant artists or pieces relative to the theme of Ruins.
I will be publishing the first written piece next week, looking at some of the beautiful artwork of Francis Towne, a little known artist who traveled to Rome in the 18th century and painted some beautiful watercolour landscapes of the scenery of the old Empire’s capital.
Throughout the course of the project I will look at a variety of people who have captured the charm and beauty of the ancient world through different media as well as those who have incorporated it into imaginary scenes, such as I intend to do.
So until next week, take care!
Featured Image – Francis Towne – Inside the Colosseum – 1780
For the past week in between studying portrait drawing and sketching away I have also been spending a lot of time thinking of another project to get on with; something not as large scale as my Lord of the Rings Project from last year, but detailed enough for the final result to be added into my portfolio.
Having a lot of interest in concept art, fantasy and history, as well as wanting to create art that has a narrative inclined me to choose a theme that will be a combination of all of my interests.
The concept that I have come up with for this project is Ruins. I’ve always found myself drawn towards ruins; Bronze age, classical, medieval, even contemporary desolation such as Chernobyl captivate me and inspire me in ways that I find hard to explain. I think a big part of what draws me towards ruins is the fact that they all tell a story; tales of abandonment, legends of sieges and warfare, chronicles recording the destructive power of weather and time and even epics of natural disaster.
I don’t just want to reproduce an image of an already familiar set of ruins for this project though, I want to create an imagined scene for my final piece and that is the objective. In harmony with concept art, I will be drawing on the historical to create the fantastical.
As before with my previous project, I will post the development of the project in stages; there is a lot of ground to cover throughout this project and an innumerable amount of resources to draw from.
My intentions are to
Gather information on historical architecture
Study existing ruins
Explore the work of others in this field such as; Concept Artists – Historical Painters – Landscape Painters – Architects – Photographers
Build a collection of images to use for reference and inspiration
I will use the information that I gather to create a series of sketches and studies that I will use towards the final piece, working with various media.
Part I of this project will be published within the next two weeks and I hope for as many of you to join me on this journey as possible.