Sunday, December 11, 2011

My Latest Experiment

My painting, Natasha, Under Water Ballet, (scroll down three lines, then right 3rd from end on above link) is of the same treatment as my art called: Sensuous Beauty, Magdalene, Jesus in Meditation. A related technique with which I experimented is Camping Out, which is mixed media on clay-board; I also did another on Scratchboard. It is a means of painting on a surface such as wood panels, clay-board and other slick surfaces that allow a translucent, ethereal sort of work. Trouble is that it is VERY time consuming. Michelangelo's Holy Family is painted in mixed media, oil and another paint media, probably tempera, because that is the painting media in which Michelangelo was trained at the palace of the Medichi.

Artists like to experiment. I read an article by Burt Silverman, who also experimented with the same curiosity on different surfaces, some of the very ones I had tried. He ran into the same problems as I, that companies tend to discontinue more costly surfaces and they are usually ones that figure painters love.

Quoted partially from an online source, and several books: "The Holy Family with Saint John (Doni Tondo) 1506 by Michelangelo Buonarroti, this painting made for Agnolo Doni is the only painting on wood which can be historically attributed to Michelangelo."

Michelangelo used a mixed media on this painting, as do I on paintings like this one, which so far remain in my private collection for the time being, at least until I can figure out a way to cut the time spent on these paintings to a workable level. The transparency treatment I learned from the works of Maxfield Parish who used thin layers/glazes of oil and other media (Mixed Media) to achieve the transparency of his paintings.

Michelangelo also used oils with other media in the Doni Tondo Michelangelo painted in the technique of tempera painting. This method of oil painting is known as "cangianti". When the painting was cleaned during the last century, under magnification, art conservationists found that they could not detect any brushstrokes on the painting. They were also unable to find a single bristle from a paintbrush, so perfectly was his technique. Trouble is, and is one of the lesser reasons he did not like to paint, it is a very time consuming process. The greater reason he did like painting is he believed his calling was to sculpt.

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