It’s been a while since I posted a portrait for my weekly challenge, in fact it’s been a while since I did any drawing, and as always I wonder why it is I leave it so long at all when I love my art!
However, I’ve been re-inspired by fellow blog-friend and artist Sian Mann’s recent sketches. Also it would seem that something of the Renaissance artists whose work I visited and studied intently whilst in Venice has rubbed off on me a little perhaps, re the subject! Something’s gotta get through that thick exterior of mine, and I’m glad it did.
But back to my recent conversations with Sian, we were talking about how we both are very inspired by unfinished sketches, that somehow they kind of embody the essence of the artist, a spontaneity and a rawness of intent that perhaps is obscured in a finished, polished piece.
The Académia in Venice which houses probably the most famous and most impressive paintings of the Renaissance period [over and above the Uffizi in Florence in my opinion, mainly because the Renaissance style was born in Venice, with many of the most famous artists being Venetian. Although of course the style would be adopted by many others] is a very special place for me. There are a number of unfinished paintings on exhibition from the 1500’s, and for me it was a real treat to really be able to get a glimpse of the artist’s process in the creation of an oil on canvas, a very rare thing indeed considering the age.
Sketches for me are dynamic snap-shots in time and history, and sometimes carry more of an essence of their subject in their unfinished, suggestive state. So in true fashion, my sketch above that I began late last night is a work in progress, and even though the eyes are not yet clearly defined I feel that I’ve captured the young man’s strength and presence, and perhaps a little of his character. I shall be more than interested to know what you think so please share your comments and thoughts…
Enjoy your Sundays!