open underpainting of
The Skeptic, oil on panel, 20" x 16"
The day after I started this self portrait, I had the pleasure (for the second time) to see the beautiful Rembrandt in America exhibition at the NCMA with some lovely friends. This exhibit boasts nearly 50 portraits by both Rembrandt and "the school of Rembrandt". There are some truly remarkable paintings to feast on, such as the following self portrait painted in 1659 (which is on loan from the National Gallery of Art). The exhibition continues at the NCMA thru January 22, 2012 and then travels to the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
It certainly is a humbling experience to compare my efforts in paint to that of the master Rembrandt! But it also serves as a great source of inspiration to see how he layered so much paint and completely controls the viewers focus with not only the variation of paint applications, but great mastery of value relationships. Here are a few more progress shots of my humble attempt. It is still not complete and unfortunately, photographing a wet painting is nearly futile... my apologies for the poor photo quality.
work in progress
|detail of first pass of color|
The Skeptic (in progress), oil on panel, 20" x 16"