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03-18-2006, 06:45 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Mar-2006/39040-hi.gif Welcome to week 12 of Classical Art Card Journey. If you have any questions about what to do, just ask, we pretty much find someone to do a study from, may not even know who it is, but we are working at our skills, and sharing a good time learning about classical art. If you need help in finding someone to study just ask. Tyree likes the art at this site, ARC (http://www.artrenewal.org/articles/2...ns/museum1.asp), they have listed 225 out of over 5,000 of the top names in all of art history viewed on their site:

Everyone here is very friendly and helpful. Size and media is your choice. A link to your artist is appreciated if you have one. A little background on the artist or time period is good too! Hope everyone finds something this week to excite and inspire us all!

Your pal, Nickel

Just around the corner is spring, so appropriate to the season,

" "La Danza della Vita"


Nicolas Poussin
The Dance of the Music of Time
c. 1639-40
(Wallace Collection, London)


Sept 1998 Review of “A Dance to the Music of Time” by David Carrier

03-18-2006, 07:08 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Mar-2006/65063-pearl.jpg thank you Nickel!!! This week from the ARC I chose Johannes Verneer ...Girl with a pearl earring.. 1665-1667....Vermeer was a Netherlands Baroque painter..1632-1675...i did my drawing with graphite, and koh i noor woodless colour pencils on Strathmore vellum 300 series...later this year, i may do another study in graphite alone...tyree

03-18-2006, 07:20 PM
Susan, your very welcomed. Your girl is so sweet!!!! You really show her innocents, just like a Vermeer! :thumbsup: I like when I see your work, I see emotion! Bravo!

03-19-2006, 01:59 AM
Another work from Dore also from the Divine Comedy
Here is a link about the artist... this ones not as spooky...
Here is one on his life


03-19-2006, 01:02 PM
I like this sketch very much Barbara, very intense, :) and dramatic! :thumbsup:

:wave: Nickel

03-19-2006, 02:24 PM
Beautiful Job Susan and thanks for the kind words Nickel. It was late last night so I didn't get a chance to comment. Week 11 had some awesome renditions and all very well done. I loved Susan's Eqyptian Girl and your Roman Girl as well. They have such noble NOSES he he he.

Nickel to answer your questions ...The Harpie Forest was from the Purgatoy phase of Dante's travel into the other world so to speak. His quide Virgil leads him down into Hell then Purgatory and finally Heaven. (The place I'd rather hang out myself.) The early Christians believed that if you committed Suicide you had to go to pergatory, a mortal sin I guess. Intersting story but a little difficult to read... I just like the Illustrations.

I guess Damte is getting baptized this week maybe next week he will make it to Heaven. he he.

03-20-2006, 08:57 AM
Beautifull painting by Possin Nickel. :)

Susan, you doing great with those head studies. Vermeer is lovely. :)

Barb, thanks for the links. Interesting history, I shall read it sometime. Your sketch is cool! :)

03-20-2006, 01:04 PM
Death, maybe it is time to look for a vanita, and add some bubbles. It is hard to think of those things when today is the first day of spring. Glad you like the Poussin, it is neat the symbols. I am addicted to finding out more about them and would like to know symbols used today, you know what I mean? The only I have come up with is a flag at half mast. Think I will start a new thread and ask for thoughts and ideas and of course images. :) I did find the reference location for the photo of Poussin, now how to afford all those books? I hope the library has them.


03-21-2006, 10:53 PM
Great work over the past couple of weeks!
Tyree - Great Vermeer! Thats a popular one in here recently. :lol: I really like the close crop you've got!
Pixel - Very nice sketch! Goes great with last weeks! :)

My reference came from a library book again this week and I haven't really looked for a link on the net. John Constable did very few portraits, but this one really caught my eye! Here is Maria Bickell, 1816. This was Constable's fiancee at the time it was painted. Mine is about 8 x 10 and done using NuPastels.

03-22-2006, 09:47 AM
Nice portrait Keith. I didnt know Constable did some portraits at all. That is cool. Thanks. :)

03-22-2006, 07:22 PM
thanks all for lovely comments...barb...a very dramatic piece, nice flow to your work...keith... very very nice, like the warm colours you chose for her...tyree:clap: :wave:

03-22-2006, 10:50 PM
Thanks Rose and Tyree! I just realized how big that is. Whoops! :D

03-23-2006, 12:39 AM
Very Nice poitrait Fish... I love the eyes, the shading is good too. you have a knack for pastels. keep up the good work!

03-23-2006, 08:40 PM
Keith, I can see your style coming out in your work. :)

03-24-2006, 10:45 PM
I don't know if I copied the link wrong or what happen with the link at ARC but the 225 are here.


03-25-2006, 11:51 AM
Good day, all. I'm just under the wire for week 12. The advantage of procrastination is that I had to do this quickly - about three hours last night and this morning. It's my study of Ranier Maria Rilke after a portrait by Helmut Westhoff. Here's a link to the original:


I can't tell you much about Westhoff. A German who lived between 1875 and 1926. I orginally saw the portrait (reversed) on a cover of Rilke's 'Letters to a Young Poet'. Rilke is one of my favorite poets (maybe my favorite) and this is sort of my homage to him. It' 6"x8", oil on canvas. Once again, a grey-toned grisaille glazed with colors. I used Liquin to speed up the drying process. C/C welcomed. The photo is a little darker than the painting.



03-25-2006, 12:09 PM
Robert this looks really good for such quik process. :)

I guess I will work on another Latour painting next week. This week was kind of funny and I couldnt do that much. I spent time thinking, reading and wondering more than really painting.


03-25-2006, 01:49 PM
Thanks, Rose. It's interesting. Rilke would tell you that time spent in solitude, thinking and wondering, is the time in which you really grow, inside yourself where it is true and most meaningful. Then your art becomes a reflection of your deepest self. Hope it works for you.


03-25-2006, 06:06 PM
Hi Robert, nice portrait of Rilke. What is going on with his moustache? I like the way you show his intense glaze. Very interesting work! I like the way you painted his nose!

Hi Rose! It is good to have thinking time! :) Will look for flowers from you next week!

Here is the link to week 13, can you believe it? :)http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=336032

See you soon, Nickel

03-25-2006, 06:30 PM
robert, a very nice insightful portrait...well done with colour and gaze...tyree:clap: :thumbsup: :wave:

03-25-2006, 06:51 PM
Thanks, Rose. It's interesting. Rilke would tell you that time spent in solitude, thinking and wondering, is the time in which you really grow, inside yourself where it is true and most meaningful. Then your art becomes a reflection of your deepest self. Hope it works for you.


Robert, cool thing to say. Thanks.

Oh yeah Nickel week 13th! Time is moving so fast. I have being researching and doing lots of reading today and found some very cool stuff about still life in more classical approach. Things are starting to come together for me, so I hope next next few weeks I can get better results on the floral paintings. Wish me luck! :)

Thanks for another week on this journey guys. Lovely seeing all that was shared! :)

03-25-2006, 11:05 PM
I promise I will not boor you with RL much longer, she actually has a body and a larger background, but she has dog paws for hands, I really don't want to show that yet. I found out if I let her dry, I can paint her, wipe it off and paint her again and again and again, I know how bad is that? I still want to do some direct painting from life this spring in a classical style for our journey, hope you will think about doing some also to share with us here. I think I want to work on some lakeside views from a park here in town. Make a picnic lunch, bring hubby along with a book. ((he'd rather read:) ))


03-26-2006, 11:37 AM
Hi Nickel, sounds like a cool ideia to paint in the park. Hope you get to it. :) I wish I could see the pic better. It is quite blur. Even though I can see the lovely colors. :)

03-26-2006, 12:50 PM
I wish I could see the pic better. It is quite blur.

Sorry Rose, that is as good as it gets. That face is gone. :wave:

03-26-2006, 07:56 PM
nickel...dog paws for hands? yikes....tyree:evil:

03-27-2006, 01:55 PM
Nickel, darn if I know what's wrong with the mustache. I have a feeling that if I could see the original painting in person the mystery would be solved. I'm going to work on that study a little bit more and give him a more balanced appearance. I'm also thinking of doing a more serious effort in a larger size and taking my time with it. Thanks for looking.


03-27-2006, 03:40 PM
Sorry Rose, that is as good as it gets. That face is gone. :wave:

Oh well, :p