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Richard Saylor
08-22-2006, 01:53 AM
This was inspired by a scene in John Crowley's fantasy novel Little, Big. It was painted with Holbein Acryla Gouache on Bristol board.

Richard

Leannan Sidhe
08-22-2006, 07:29 AM
Lovely! The moonlit path leading to the door really stirs my imagination, makes me wonder what the wee creatures that live there might be doing at the moment.

Deirdre

pinkrybns
08-22-2006, 07:38 AM
Hi Richard,

The moonlit path really makes this piece! What sort of brushes do you use, or prefer?

~Judy

FriendCarol
08-22-2006, 08:38 AM
I like this. There was another version, not as late at night, wasn't there?
The trees are delightful. :)

JamieWG
08-22-2006, 10:46 AM
Ooooh, love that full moon! What is acryla gouache? Does it remain soluble on the palette and painting like gouache, or does it dry insoluble like acrylic?

Jamie

idcrisis55
08-22-2006, 03:56 PM
Your painting gets my imagination going, wondering about the inhabitants and if the little ones are asleep, dreaming beautiful dreams.

Ann

Richard Saylor
08-22-2006, 06:21 PM
Hi Richard,

The moonlit path really makes this piece! What sort of brushes do you use, or prefer?

~JudyThank you. I use both flat and round synthetic watercolor brushes.

Richard Saylor
08-22-2006, 06:35 PM
Ooooh, love that full moon! What is acryla gouache? Does it remain soluble on the palette and painting like gouache, or does it dry insoluble like acrylic?

JamieThank you. Acryla gouache is water resistant when it dries, but it is not as insoluble as acrylic paint. There is a window of about 10 minutes during which freshly dried acryla can be rehydrated. Like casein, the longer it cures, the more water resistant the paint film.

Richard Saylor
08-22-2006, 06:41 PM
I like this. There was another version, not as late at night, wasn't there?
The trees are delightful. :)Thank you. This is a new scan of the same painting. The tonality of this scan is more true to the original painting.

DominicM
08-23-2006, 04:20 PM
ooh lovely composition

celticrichard
08-25-2006, 07:01 PM
No offense,but it reminds me of the Hobbit.

JamieWG
08-25-2006, 07:35 PM
No offense,but it reminds me of the Hobbit.

I was thinking that too!!!! (In the nicest way :) )

Jamie

Richard Saylor
08-25-2006, 08:57 PM
Yes, Mrs. Underhill's place had round doors and windows, and it was under a hill. She, however, unlike hobbits, is a supernatural creature, sort of a fairy-witch hybrid and can be very difficult to find.

Richard

rabidfox
08-26-2006, 02:21 AM
Hi, I'm new here folks. Richard, that is a lovely composition and so very evocative!. BTW, Underhill is also a common Hobbit name!

Richard Saylor
08-26-2006, 03:50 AM
Hi, I'm new here folks. Richard, that is a lovely composition and so very evocative!. BTW, Underhill is also a common Hobbit name!Welcome, rabidfox, and thank you.

Yes, the Underhill name seems familiar to me from Tolkien's LOTR. It certainly is an appropriate name for a Shire family.

I would like to do more fantasy paintings like this, but for me it requires suspension of disbelief and really getting my heart into the alternate world. It becomes more difficult as one gets older <sigh>.

Richard

Leannan Sidhe
08-26-2006, 06:24 PM
I would like to do more fantasy paintings like this, but for me it requires suspension of disbelief and really getting my heart into the alternate world. It becomes more difficult as one gets older <sigh>.

Richard

Richard, this painting and the way you described Mrs. Underhill shows that you lack nothing in the imagination department. Just relax, read a good fantasy book to get you in the mood (or look at some paintings in the Sci/Fi Fantasy Forum, there are some awesome artists displaying their work there, I remember one in particular, Jade, but haven't seen her beautiful work in a long time:crying: ) Be certain that after that, a flow of fantastical places and beings will surely invade your mind, regardless of your age.

Deirdre:wave:

Richard Saylor
08-27-2006, 08:01 PM
Thanks for the encouragement, Deirdre. I too remember Jade's paintings. They could be awesome. She had a health problem. Hope she is doing okay.

Richard

Richard, this painting and the way you described Mrs. Underhill shows that you lack nothing in the imagination department. Just relax, read a good fantasy book to get you in the mood (or look at some paintings in the Sci/Fi Fantasy Forum, there are some awesome artists displaying their work there, I remember one in particular, Jade, but haven't seen her beautiful work in a long time:crying: ) Be certain that after that, a flow of fantastical places and beings will surely invade your mind, regardless of your age.

Deirdre:wave:

IrishRose
08-28-2006, 09:23 AM
Deirdre,

I agree with you about Richard's painting... many magical things will come out of his work now! :)

Jade had an eating disorder and was checked into a facility last March, but have not heard anything in a long time about her condition. :-( I haven't stopped praying for her though... and I do miss her work too! She made the coolest faeries!!!

AriadneArts
08-30-2006, 11:34 AM
Very evocative piece, David. Would be a perfect accompaniment to a Hobbit story or a wee folk story, or the like. I like it very much, and I agree wholeheartedly with Deidre about your imagination--there's no lack there!