This week has been slightly slower on the art creating front for me so I decided to do something a little different in order to ensure getting a worthwhile post published and sticking to my new posting schedule of every Sunday.
For this post, we’ll be taking a brief look at an incredible piece of work from the amazing artist Jerry Vanderstelt!
Well, in terms of my latest oil painting on the easel anyway…
I’ve been getting up earlier than necessary for work over the past week and sneaking in a 30-40 minute painting session in order to work my way back into this piece and make some serious headway. It’s proved productive and the painting is now at a stage where all I need to do is go over the figures and the render the finishing details, not long now and we’ll have another piece for the portfolio.
Yesterday I made some changes to my site, cleaned up the menus and got a new banner/header designed and uploaded, it was a much needed facelift and now I can focus on the writing and creating again.
First of all, I may or may not have mentioned that I’m going to put together a portfolio of mural art and start moving in that general direction to attempt to make a successful business from my artwork; earning a sustainable income and enjoying the work that I’m undertaking. I whitewashed a wall in my house and I’m going to work a bunch of small scale mural pieces in order to get the portfolio started, I’ll then attack a couple of the larger walls in my house with fully fledged pieces and jump into the business world and hopefully hit the ground running!
“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.”
On what started out as a seemingly ordinary day just over seventeen years ago, I happened to encounter an old wizard riding into Hobbiton on his cart that had been filled with the most amazing fireworks ever seen even by the oldest of Hobbits.
It’s strange to think of how long it has been since I was first introduced to Tolkien’s incredible world, initially through the vision of Peter Jackson but that first movie whetted my appetite and I moved onto the books pretty soon thereafter.
One of many characters that I immediately warmed to and still hold close to myself even today; is Gandalf.
” He wore a tall pointed grey hat, a long grey cloak, and a silver scarf. He had a long white beard and bushy eyebrows that stuck out beyond the brim of his hat.”
— The Fellowship of the Ring, “A Long-expected Party”
It has been a fair amount of time since I posted the preliminary drawing for The Grey Pilgrimand finding the time to start the painting between the unsociable hours of my job has been a challenge but I finally managed to get it started and have since made some headway into the process.
Here are some progress shots leading to its current stage!
I started out with just getting colour down onto the canvas, the robes and the tree were the first block ins followed by the beard and hair. This phase just lays a groundwork for the next pass which will give a more refined and rendered look; followed thereafter by the detail stage.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to add as the backdrop for this piece, in the end the Lonely Mountain seemed like an apt backdrop and so I painted it in roughly with some rolling landscape leading towards it.
So whilst still very rough looking at the moment, the next pass will be the rendering stage of everything other than the tree and after that I’ll add the detail work and call this piece finished.
I’m not entirely sure when this will be as two more passes doesn’t necessarily mean just two more sessions but I’ll be posting as soon as it is finished!
To stay up to date in the meantime and to see other works in progress of mine as well as behind the scenes shots; follow me on Instagram – @JGloverArt