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Rosic
08-29-2006, 10:55 PM
Welcome to the 29th installment of the Master of the Month project. We will be studying the master artist, Amedeo Modigliani. We hope you join us in celebrating this artist by painting one (or both) of the paintings selected for this project or by painting one (or both) of the reference images in this Master's style. We have a surprise BONUS in this installment to spice things up a bit...:thumbsup:

Please join us as we look forward to sharing our renditions and thoughts on this great artist. A fun and educational time to be had for sure! :clap:

Bernie


MOM #29... Sept/Oct - Amedeo Modigliani

Your Choices:

Painting #1...
Study for The Cellist. 1909.
Figure
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Dec-2005/17108-MOMmodigcellowc.JPG
Click here for Med-Res Image of this painting... (http://www.abcgallery.com/M/modigliani/modigliani12.html)

Painting #2...
Landscape. 1919
Landscape
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Dec-2005/17108-MOMModiglandscapewc.JPG
Click here for Med-Res Image of this painting... (http://www.abcgallery.com/M/modigliani/modigliani70.html)

Reference Image #1...
Irish Harp by Maffet from Reference Image Library
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Dec-2005/17108-MOMHarpplayer.JPG
Click here for Med-Res Image... (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=25117&si=Irish%20Harp)

Reference Image #2...
Portmeirion by Ceiliog from Image Reference Library
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Dec-2005/17108-MOMmodiglandscaperef.JPG
Click here for Hi-Res Image... (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=56020&size=big&si=Portmeirion&perpage=24)


:clap: Added BONUS::clap:
Cover any one of the many nudes that Modigliani painted...
Please include an image of the original along with the title of the painting you are covering. A good selection of Modigliani's nude paintings can be found here:
http://www.mystudios.com/gallery/modigliani/2-modigliani-nude-left-arm-1917.html
http://www.dozenlilacs.com/nudes-center.htm
http://www.abcgallery.com/M/modigliani/modigliani.html

Rosic
08-29-2006, 11:19 PM
"You are not alive unless you know you are living."-written on the wall of one of Modigliani's studios

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Aug-2006/17108-Amedeo.jpg

Amedeo "Modi" Modigliani
1884 ~ 1920

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Aug-2006/17108-moddy.jpg

Self Portrait

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Aug-2006/17108-self-portrait.jpg


Biography...

"Amedeo Modigliani was the bohemian artist par excellence - his posthumous legend is almost as famous as Van Gogh's. In stylistic terms he was an oddity: contemporary with the Cubists, but not part of their movement, he forms a bridge between the generation of Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art Deco painters of the 1920s.
"He was born in Livorno in July 1884. Both sides of his family were Sephardic Jews. His father Flaminio was an unsuccessful entrepreneur who had a small money-changing business, and his mother, Eugenia, by far the stronger personality of the two, ran an experimental school. Amedeo, in childhood nicknamed Dedo, was their fourth and youngest child. Thanks largely to Eugenia Modigliani, the atmosphere of the household was always unconventional; in 1898 the eldest son, Emmanuele, then aged twenty-six, was sentenced to six months imprisonment as an anarchist.

"In 1898 Modigliani began formal art training under Guglielmo Micheli, a pupil of Giovanni Fattori, the leader of the Macchiaioli - the Italian equivalent of the Impressionist movement. To begin with, Modigliani's literary tastes were more advanced than his artistic ones: his favourite poet was Lautréamont, author of Maldoror, who was later to have immense significance for the Surrealists. He left home and went to Florence, where in May 1902 he registered under Fattori at the Scuola Libera di Nudo (Free School of the Nude). In March 1903 he transferred himself to Venice, where he registered at a similar academy. There he met two of the artists who were to be among the leaders of Futurism Umberto Boccioni and Ardengo Soffici. More important, he had his first real introduction to the pleasures of drugs and drink.

"In the winter of 1906 he decided to go to Paris, and his mother agreed to give him a small allowance. The Paris which attracted him was already fading into the past, and he seems to have been rather wary of the new generation of experimentalists which gathered round Apollinaire, though he did go to live in Montmartre, which was at that time undoubtedly the focal point of the avant-garde. Thanks to French anti-semitism (of a sort which at that time was almost unknown in his native Italy) he discovered a much stronger sense of Jewish identity, and his friends in the Paris art world were mainly Jewish. They included Soutine, Kisling, the sculptor Lipchitz and the poet Max Jacob - his one real link with the circle around Picasso. He rapidly made a reputation for his excesses (he had a habit of stripping stark naked when drunk), and his nickname changed from the childish Dedo to Modi (a pun on the French maudit, or 'accursed'). In 1909 he retired for a while to Livorno, sick and exhausted.

"When he returned, now settling in Montparnasse, the new artists' quarter, he decided to change direction, and became a sculptor. The master he chose was Brancusi, and there is a definite link between his work and Brancusi's in this medium. There are also clear signs of influence from the art from Africa and Oceania which Modigliani saw in the Musée de l'Homme. Though he was closer to finding his artistic direction, he was still miserably poor - his sculpture was made mostly from stone stolen from building sites, easy to find as Paris was then in the grip of a building boom. In 1912 he once again fell ill, and was forced to go home for a rest. But it never seems to have occurred to him to remain in Italy; he returned to Paris as soon as he could.

"What stopped him carving, and led to the final phase in his work, was the outbreak of the First World War. This brought the building boom to an abrupt halt; Modigliani in any case was no longer feeling strong enough for the hard physical labour of shaping blocks of stone. When he painted it had always been directly from the motif, and now he became a specialist in portraits whose delicate stylization showed the influence of his period as a sculptor, and whose elegance and wit belied his reputation for uncouth behaviour. Some of his acquaintances thought that the uncouthness was a little cultivated - Picasso said sarcastically: 'It's odd but you never see Modigliani drunk anywhere but at the corners of the boulevard Montmartre and the boulevard Raspail.'

"In the early years of the war Modigliani embarked on an affair with the South African writer Beatrice Hastings. She was some five years older than he was (he was now thirty), and had had a picturesque career. One of her previous conquests had been Katherine Mansfield. She had a little money, and Modigliani was able to live in more comfortable circumstances. But the relationship was marked by heavy drinking and Modigliani and Beatrice often came to blows - on one occasion he threw her out of a window.

"From a professional point of view he was doing a little better -the ambitious young dealer Paul Guillaume was starting to take an interest in his work. But, as a portrait shows very clearly, Modigliani found Guillaume's personality unsympathetic, and in 1916 he transferred his allegiance to the Polish dealer Zborowski.

"Modigliani's affair with Beatrice Hastings was now over. He had been doing some drawing at the Académie Colarossi, and here, in July 1917, he met Jeanne Hébuterne, who was then aged nineteen. Soon they were living together. Their public scenes became even more famous in Montmartre than Modigliani's rows with Beatrice. One eye-witness, André Salmon, reports:

He was dragging her along by an arm, gripping her frail wrist, tugging at one or another of her long braids of hair, and only letting go of her for a moment to send her crashing against the railings of the Luxembourg. He was like a madman, crazy with savage hatred.

"Yet some - though not all - of Modigliani's many portraits of Jeanne show real tenderness; others show her as impassive and curiously graceless.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Aug-2006/17108-pregnant.jpg

By early 1918 conditions in Paris had become so difficult that Zborowski decided to move his whole stable to the South of France - he now represented Soutine, Kisling and the Japanese artist Foujita, as well as Modigliani. Modigliani settled obediently in Nice, but the Mediterranean climate and landscape had no real appeal for him. He continued to paint portraits indoors, often of local shopkeepers and their children. In February 1918 Jeanne became pregnant, and soon afterwards she and Modigliani separated for a while, probably because he loathed her disapproving and overbearing mother who had also moved South. They were reunited before the baby, a daughter, was born. Modigliani got drunk on the way to register the child as his own, and she remained officially fatherless, though she was later adopted by his family in Italy. In May 1919 he returned joyfully to Paris, the only environment he really liked. Jeanne, for the moment, was left behind, pregnant for a second time.
"Thanks to Zborowski's efforts, Modigliani's paintings were at last starting to fetch respectable prices. In the summer of 1919, with the help of Osbert Sitwell, Zborowski arranged a show of French art at the Mansard Gallery in London. It was a success, and it was one of Modigliani's works which fetched the highest price. The purchaser was the writer Arnold Bennett, who said that the painting reminded him of his own heroines. In June 1919 Modigliani and Jeanne were able to move into their first real home, an apartment in the rue de la Grande Chaumière, immediately above one which had once been occupied by Gauguin. But Modigliani's health was steadily deteriorating and his alcoholic collapses were becoming more frequent. He celebrated the New Year of 1920 in fine style, but about a fortnight later was stricken with pains in his kidneys and took to his bed. After some days his neighbour downstairs, another painter called Ortiz de Zarate, called in to see if anything was the matter. He found Modigliani delirious, complaining of a violent headache. The bed was strewn with empty bottles and half-opened cans of sardines which were dripping their oil on to the coverlet. Beside him sat Jeanne, who was nearly nine months pregnant; she had not thought of sending for a doctor. Ortiz de Zarate summoned one immediately. He came, and declared the case was hopeless: Modigliani was suffering from tubercular meningitis. He died on 24 January 1920, without regaining consciousness. There was an enormous funeral, attended by the whole of Montmartre. Jeanne, who had been taken to her parents' house, threw herself out of a fifth floor window two days after Modigliani's death, killing both herself and her unborn child."

- From Edward Lucie-Smith, "Lives of the Great 20th-Century Artists" (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0500237395/002-1174178-3632865?n=283155)

Biography source: http://artchive.com/artchive/M/modigliani.html

Rosic
08-29-2006, 11:24 PM
Great article about Modigliani from the Royal Academy of Arts magazine... Summer 2006

Naked Ambition: Amedeo Modigliani’s sensuous nudes and portraits are as captivating as the artist’s legendary life story, argues Kenneth Wayne.

Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) has a reputation as a tragic figure: a handsome womaniser who was consumed by alcohol and drugs, and who died young, poor, and relatively unknown. But legends sometimes lie. From the evidence available, Modigliani appears to have been a serious and ambitious artist who, although he only had one solo show in his lifetime, exhibited widely in group shows, was supported by at least two loyal dealers in Paris, was recognised by his peers and enjoyed moderate success. His bourgeois Italian Jewish background meant he was both an insider and an outsider. It gave him cultural references spanning the history of art, literature and religion that made him a model citizen of Montparnasse – the avant-garde Paris enclave that artist Marcel Duchamp called ‘the first really international group of artists that we ever had.’

In the first decades of the twentieth century, this square mile of the Left Bank seemed magically to transform the creative people who lived there, inspiring them to make work that extended beyond boundaries. Artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Jacques Lipchitz and Piet Mondrian saw their style mature quickly and inevitably towards Modernism . One could state, only partly in jest, that the address of a given artist indicated the level of modernity contained in his or her work: the closer to the Café du Dome in the centre of Montparnasse, the more modern the work. Modigliani lived in the heart of it, moving there from Montmartre in 1908–9, after arriving in Paris from Italy in 1906. He became closely identified with this area for the rest of his life.

Born in the melting pot city of Livorno in Tuscany, which, as an international trading port, included communities of Englishmen, Greeks, Moroccans and Jews, Modigliani was cosmopolitan to the core. His once wealthy Sephardic Jewish family claimed descent from the philosopher Spinoza and played a prominent role in public life. His father had been a business man, his brother was a socialist MP who later fell foul of Mussolini, and a cousin was a director of the Brera Gallery in Milan. His French-born mother raised him to be trilingual and nurtured his early love of art. When he suffered from tuberculosis in his teens, she took him on a Grand Tour of southern Italy to recuperate, visiting the famous sights of Naples, Rome and Florence where he gained his first appreciation of the great art of the Italian Renaissance, especially that of his fellow Tuscans, Giotto and Botticelli.

Livorno had been a renowned centre for Jews ever since the Medici had invited them to live there and gave them equal rights with other citizens so that they would contribute to its international commercial activity. Unlike other cities in Italy and Europe, Livorno did not have a ghetto and before World War Two, it contained the second largest community of Jews in Italy after Rome, and the second largest synagogue in Europe after the one in Amsterdam.

Modigliani’s Jewish heritage was very important to him personally and artistically. He referred to himself as a Jewish artist according to both his first patron Paul Alexandre and his dealer Paul Guillaume. But what does this mean? First, it seems to have meant to him that it was possible to be both a Jew and an artist. There had not been many Jewish artists both because of the Old Testament edict against making graven images and the anti-Semitism which had kept Jews out of academies and guilds in Europe for centuries. Camille Pissarro was the only famous Jewish artist to precede him. Modigliani’s dedication to his Jewish heritage was evident in his art, and, among other things, he drew mystical Jewish symbols on his drawings.

Modigliani portrayed a large number of Jews in his works and their names, written directly on the canvas, would have made them instantly recognisable as Jews: Adolphe Basler, Leon Indenbaum and Moise Kisling. He also wrote the names of non-Jewish sitters on the canvas, famously Picasso and Guillaume. It is as if he wanted to say they were all equal in the eyes of art and to celebrate the Jewish community in Paris and their contribution to contemporary culture. His self-confidence might have been a result of his upbringing as both a practising Jew and prominent member of society – he saw no reason to hide who he was. It might also have been a reaction to his first encounters with anti-Semitism in Paris and a gesture of solidarity with Jewish émigrés from Eastern Europe, such as artists Chaim Soutine and Jacques Lipchitz.

Upon arriving in Paris, Modigliani visited the museums and galleries there, voraciously absorbing inspiration from ever more wide-ranging sources: African, Cycladic, Oceanic, and Gothic art, not to mention Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Cubism and Fauvism. African elements can be discerned in his portraits’ elongated faces and noses, angular forms, as well as their empty eyes, which one finds in African masks. This non-Western influence, which he would have called primitive, can be seen in paintings such as his double portrait of Jacques and Berthe Lipchitz and the portrait of Oscar Meistchaninoff.

Modigliani painted everyone close to him, from his patrons and dealers, Paul Alexandre, Paul Guillaume and Leopold Zborowski who sustained him, to friends from his bohemian circle in Montparnasse, including Picasso, Jean Cocteau and Max Jacob. It seems Modigliani knew he was living in a special time and place and he wanted to record his group for posterity, much as Man Ray did in his photographs in the 1920s and ’30s. Sociable and intellectually curious, he connected with the other leading creative spirits of his day through his art.

Recent writers have asserted that Modigliani and Picasso were like oil and water. But this is untrue. They exhibited together on numerous occasions such as the 1919 Mansard Gallery exhibition in London and socialised together at Montparnasse haunts such as the Café de la Rotonde, the Dôme and the Closerie des Lilas. In addition, he made portraits of Picasso in painting and pencil. But Modigliani tried to be his own person artistically. What prevented Modigliani from becoming a card-carrying Cubist was most likely his love of Italian Renaissance portraiture and his commitment to being a Jewish artist. However, critics at the time had a liberal definition of Cubism – considering it to be anything non-naturalistic – and sometimes viewed him as part of that group. His inclusion in the famous ‘Salle des Cubistes’ in the 1912 Salon d’Automne undoubtedly reinforced this notion.


In the various accounts we have of Modigliani, he is portrayed as a womaniser, and he clearly had a wide range of amorous liaisons, including one with the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. But he had two principal lovers: Beatrice Hastings (1879–1943), who was five years older than him, and Jeanne Hébuterne (1898–1920), who was fourteen years younger. Modigliani painted many portraits of both women, and each is represented in the RA exhibition. They both ultimately committed suicide after Modigliani’s own demise, which has contributed to the myth of Modigliani as a cursed artist. Beatrice Hastings was an independently wealthy writer and poet, born in London, raised in South Africa and based in Paris. Hastings was with Modigliani from 1914 to 1916, the years when his signature style developed, and she wrote about him regularly for The New Age literary magazine, in letters from Paris that charted her relationship with a tempestuous avant-garde artist. It is clear that their relationship was turbulent; they drank and fought and ultimately she left him for another artist. His early portraits of her are sweet and gentle, but they become increasingly angular. Her eyes become blanked out (in a manner now seen as typical of the artist), as though he is making a distance between himself and the sitter by refusing to engage with her personal expression.

With Jeanne, the eyes and the tenderness never disappear, probably because their relationship was not the meeting of two equally powerful forces but one of dominance and submission. She was a nineteen-year-old art student when she met the 33-year-old Modigliani, and she was known for standing by him, even when he became abusive. As a consequence, perhaps, his portraits of her show an angelic, girlish creature, who looks too young to be a mother and seems in awe of the painter. In images such as Jeanne Hébuterne Sitting, we can detect her personal features – her doleful blue-green eyes, auburn hair and bulbous nose persist, despite the exaggerations and abstractions of his portraiture. Her traits remained intact in the 25 paintings he made of her (more than he painted of anyone else) in their brief, ultimately tragic relationship.

Jeanne came from a bourgeois, Catholic family who disapproved of the much older Modigliani for his bohemian lifestyle and Jewishness. It didn’t help that at the time he was involved with Jeanne, Modigliani’s family could no longer support him. So he was an impoverished, physically unwell artist who became volatile when he consumed copious quantities of drugs and alcohol. But Jeanne, an impressionable young woman, fell hard for the artist’s good looks and charm, still visible in the archival photos of him that remain. They stayed together from mid-1917 until the end of his life in January 1920 and had a child together, although they never married.

In 1918, Modigliani’s dealer, Leopold Zborowski took them to the south of France in an effort to reignite interest in the artist after the crash of the art market in Paris towards the end of World War One. He also wanted to help Modigliani recuperate his health. While in Provence, Modigliani had a renewed burst of artistic energy. He painted peasants in a manner reminiscent of his hero Cézanne, especially visible in the blue tones and subject choice of The Little Peasant. He depicted them on a grand scale, imbuing them with a stature, colouring and structural composition that echoes Cézanne’s portraits. Children also became new subjects for his art, perhaps because of his recent fatherhood.

Modigliani never recovered his health and died of tubercular meningitis a few months after returning to Paris in 1920. The distraught Jeanne, perhaps influenced by his alleged delirious request to have his favourite model with him in paradise, killed herself the day after Modigliani died by throwing herself out of her family’s fifth storey window. She was heavily pregnant with their second child. Their surviving daughter, named Jeanne like her mother, was raised by Modigliani’s family; the Hébuternes wanted to sever all connections with the cursed artist.

Modigliani’s nudes are among his most striking paintings – utterly different from his images of Jeanne or of any of the friends who modelled for his portraits. Lush and painterly, they ooze sensuality. Rich scarlet backgrounds complete many of the carnal scenes. His lovers did not act as models for the nude paintings. Instead, various models were provided by his dealer Zborowski (who also provided paints, canvases and a daily stipend for the artist) and the painting of these works took place in the dealer’s apartment. Modigliani painted over 30 nudes for Zborowski in a period between 1917 and 1919.

While his dealer saw their sale potential, the subject of the nudes appealed to Modigliani because it tied him into art history and the long tradition of painting the nude by artists such as Botticelli, Giorgione and Titian. What makes Modigliani’s nudes especially arresting is their immediacy. He does not place them in a mythological context — while several imitate classic poses, such as that of Giorgione’s Sleeping Venus, they are not Venuses. Instead Modigliani strips them of any historical references. They are pure flesh, pushed up close to the front of the picture plane and often cut off at the knees or arms, or squeezed into the canvas with little background, so that their torso is the focus of the gaze. This was jarring at the time – reputedly his only solo show in Paris was closed down because a nude in the window caused a public disturbance – and remains so today. Their exposed bodies are unabashedly sexy, with a centerfold quality that hovers on the verge of pornography but is prevented from falling into this by the formal qualities of his composition and the lack of personal expression that renders his subjects ‘Modiglianis’ rather than themselves. He is reported to have said, ‘To paint a woman is to possess her’ – whatever he meant by this, he has left us with their bodies rather than their souls. There are no names inscribed on the backgrounds, as in the portraits of his friends, no enduring personal traits. These paintings are about his art, rather than his life.

His portraits are not overtly emotional or expressionistic, but they are soulful. The luminosity of the paintings creates an inner light, a spirituality that seems at once modern and almost primal. Modigliani’s art is also highly-charged, tactile and engaging, which reflects his desire to move as far away as possible from facile, academic tradition.

There have been attempts to portray Modigliani as the Van Gogh of his generation: as an artist who lived tragically and died young, unknown and unappreciated. This characterisation tells us little of the art or the man. His contemporaries recognised that he was accomplished in three different media: painting, sculpture and drawing. Of Modigliani’s generation, only Picasso and Matisse were similarly gifted. As Modigliani’s friend the artist Jacob Epstein said, ‘The legend of the debauched artist is just a legend. What legend gives us is an implausible caricature of a man, a painter who left behind only a body of legends. Amedeo Modigliani left behind a life’s work in art.’ The current exhibition gives us the opportunity to look and learn.

Above info from the Royal Academy of Arts magazine article: Naked ambition (http://www.ramagazine.org.uk/index.php?pid=403)
Amedeo Modigliani’s sensuous nudes and portraits are as captivating as the artist’s legendary life story, argues Kenneth Wayne.

Rosic
08-29-2006, 11:44 PM
Links of Interest:

Amedeo Modigliani (http://www.abcgallery.com/M/modigliani/modiglianibio.html)

105 works at Olga's Gallery (http://www.abcgallery.com/M/modigliani/modigliani.html)

"Modigliani: The Legend Lives On..." (http://www.mystudios.com/gallery/modigliani/index.html)

Modigliani Chronology (http://www.mystudios.com/gallery/modigliani/dates.html)

Modigliani at Art-Cyclopedia (http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/modigliani_amedeo.html)... Links galore!

Amedeo Modigliani at dozenlilacs.com (http://www.dozenlilacs.com/modigliani.htm)

JEANNE HÉBUTERNE (http://www.dozenlilacs.com/hubertene.htm)... Common-law wife of Modigliani includes her story and paintings of her my Modigliani...

Modigliani paintings of his friends... (http://www.dozenlilacs.com/paintings.htm)

Amedeo Modigliani: Portraits and Nudes, by Anette Kruszynski. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/3791316745/002-1174178-3632865?n=283155) From Pegasus, small format, but with great reproductions and excellent text.

Modigliani, (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0810946513/002-1174178-3632865?n=283155) by Jose Maria Faerna. From Abradale's Great Modern Masters series, an economical introduction.

Modigliani, (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0500181764/002-1174178-3632865?n=283155) by Carol Mann. From the Norton "World of Art" series, this one provides more biography than reproductions.

Early life, Personal life, Death, Legacy... (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amedeo_Modigliani)

Modigliani Screensaver (http://www.cassdesign.com/modigliani.html)

Hi-Res images of many paintings (including nudes) (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Amedeo_Modigliani)

Modigliani's artwork at auctions... (http://www.artmarketinsight.com/en/art_article.aspx?idfromE=MzM2NTMzNDIzODk3MjM=&from=A&id=67)

Modigliani... the movie (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0367188/)
http://www.bestprices.com/cgi-bin/vlink/602498842478.html

Andy Garcia on the Famous Painter's Life and Filming "Modigliani" (http://movies.about.com/od/garciaandy/a/modglani051305.htm)

Rosic
08-31-2006, 07:01 PM
Launching this now just in case Ernesto knocks my power out tonight... ;)

artbyjune
09-01-2006, 01:46 AM
Rosic...what a wonderful collection of information and reference links for the Modigliani MOM.

I hope to join in with an oil painting study of one of Modigliani's works because I like his style very much...especially the portraits and nudes.

If I don't get time, I will still try and check back to see how you all are doing.

Cheers...

guillot
09-01-2006, 06:40 PM
Hi BERN!! FANTASTIC write up here - so much information. I say you went well beyond the call of duty !! :)

Miss you guys. Don't know if I can find the time to participate at this point - trying to get settled in - but looking forward to others coming my way !!

Take care and BIG HUG,

Tina

SallyAnn
09-02-2006, 10:51 AM
Bernie,
Fantastic write up!
As you know, I'm definitely IN lol :thumbsup:

I started on mine a couple of days ago just waiting for this MOM... I sketched it real quick, so its not quite right, but I am not too worried, I am just having fun with it. I cant seem to get my dodgy camera to pick up the colours very well, but irl it's more vibrant. Doesn;t help that today the remants of Ernesto are approaching,so its dark and wet - not ideal for photographing.

Can't wait to see everyone's work.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Sep-2006/46757-cello.jpg

artbyrenata
09-03-2006, 08:24 AM
This is very tempting :) Thanks for putting all the information together Bernie :thumbsup:

SallyAnn - yours is looking great already!

ujwala
09-03-2006, 11:24 AM
I think I'm going to have a go at this this time :D count me in.

ujwala
09-04-2006, 07:57 AM
Rosic, I was going through a book that I have on Modigliani and wanted to paint a Portrait of his in his style. Is that permissible? Thank you.

Rosic
09-04-2006, 10:44 PM
Just got back from a long weekend away in the mountains... so glad to see so many of you all interested in this MOM project. I plan to do a couple myself... :thumbsup:

June... So glad that you may be able to take part... I hope your schedule works out where you can.

Tina... well hello to my dear friend... hope you are getting settled in fine. Maybe you can join us in 2007... be thinking about some masters for our list.

SallyAnn... When I think about this project I think about you! You are off and running... looking GREAT! If I know you... you're good for a couple... right?

Renata... Are you going to be able to join in? Hope so... your presence always makes the MOM's that much better!


Rosic, I was going through a book that I have on Modigliani and wanted to paint a Portrait of his in his style. Is that permissible? Thank you.

Ujwala... so glad to have you onborad... by all means... paint away... I can't wait to see this portrait evolve!

Here's to Modigliani...:clap:

Have any of you guys seen the movie? What did you think?

Bern

artbyjune
09-05-2006, 08:43 AM
Hi Bernie,
I got enthusiatic today and did a first quick study of one of Modigliani's portraits of a woman/girl called Alice. (about 7 by 12 ins)

Just to get a feel for how Modigliani stylised portraits. My colours and drawing are not exact as you can see... but if I have time, I hope to do another with more exact depiction, (well as exact as I can manage).

I hope its not too horrible to show here. I kind of dread posting in the oils forum where everyone seems to be a master of this medium.:lol:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Sep-2006/11473-myalicewc1.jpg

Have to say, I had great fun doing it.:D

artbyjune
09-05-2006, 08:48 AM
Sally Ann, I like your cellist.

Rosic
09-05-2006, 08:49 AM
Bravo June!:clap:

Almond eyes and oval head... definitely a Modiglianish trait!

I'm working on transforming the harp player into a Modigliani...

30"x24" stretched canvas.... fixed vine charcoal sketch....
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Sep-2006/17108-mom291.JPG

ujwala
09-06-2006, 09:07 AM
wow! you guys move fast. :clap:

sally ann i forgot to say it earlier yours looks outstanding and by my standards finished! june yours is finished :D and rosic i love the size that you're working on and i decided to chicken out on that reference coz it looked too difficult.

i think i'm frozen with fright now. hoping to thaw a bit by tomorrow and do a few small color sketches not quite as finished as june's.

SallyAnn
09-06-2006, 10:56 AM
June - LOVE your Modi... Well done!!!!
Bernie - Can't wait to see how you take this one on... (waits patiently for next update). And YES, you are right.. I am always up for a few of these.. lol... I saw the bonus bit.. and have picked out one of his nudes to go with the other one I already have. I have to go get me a 24X36 canvas soon! I may also have a go at his landscape too, just to try something different :)

Ujwala - just go for it. When I first started trying these MOM's I was frozen with fear too. I figure it doesn't matter how they turn out.. the fun part is actually (for me) just having a go. :)

Today is finally light enough to paint, so I am about to start on the actual cello and then when that's done, go over it all with extra bits n pieces. I had been looking at the pic on my desktop.. all of about 3 x 4 inches right.... Well DUH me didn't think to open it up to its full size.. so ermmm... thats definitely going to help me finish it off 'properly' HAHA!

Rosic
09-06-2006, 11:27 AM
Ujwala - just go for it. When I first started trying these MOM's I was frozen with fear too.


Me too...:eek:... that was the Zorn MOM #1... dang #29 already...:thumbsup:

SallyAnn... can't wait to see what you decide to do...

ujwala
09-06-2006, 11:28 AM
decided to do a rough sketch tonight itself :smug:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Sep-2006/43741-DSCN2833.jpg

he is really looking scary here :lol:. i've used poster colors and it's roughly 8" X 8". I'm not happy with the colors i've chosen for his clothes :confused: Modigliani seems to have used a dark almost black color for almost all his models for their suits. I took the orange for the background from one of his paintings that i like. Didnt have sap green and wasnt using a palette so have a mess on the right hand side but it's supposed to be a mix of white and sap green.
- I think. Any suggestions on the colors?

is this crop better?
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Sep-2006/43741-crop.jpg

artbyjune
09-06-2006, 12:14 PM
Ujwala, looking good.

I think 'orange' is a trademark colour for Modigliani. I read a piece about him in an art book and his special use of orange colour was something remarked on.

artbyjune
09-06-2006, 12:19 PM
Bernie, I'm looking forward to seeing your cellist move into colour. Wow!! Its a really large canvas! I'm working small these days.

SallyAnn
09-06-2006, 07:31 PM
Ujwala - that's looking fabulous.. love it! :clap: (biased Modi fan here.lol)
I went to see his exhibition in Toronto in Jan 05... his colours are awesome, and no book so far has been able to reproduce it. He seems to go from really vibrant to rich darks... none of them dull (from my opinion).

I did some work on the cello today.. but even after taking several pics, the colours seem to dull from the digi camera.. but not to worry. My next step will be sitting down and fiddling with the 'bits and pieces'... especially that bow!

Bernie... have attached the pic of the nude I want to do after I give that landscape a go.

Rosic
09-06-2006, 10:54 PM
ujwala... Looking good... that orange sings!

I love that nude SallyAnn... I'll try my hand at one (got another in mind) as soon as I finish this one...

June... I keep looking at your portrait... it's simply gorgeous!

Bernie, I'm looking forward to seeing your cellist move into colour. Wow!! Its a really large canvas! I'm working small these days.
Here ya go June... got to slap a little on today... then went back to my "Livie" portrait... overall... a good painting day. :wink2:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Sep-2006/17108-mom292.jpg

Rosic
09-06-2006, 10:59 PM
Interesting tid-bit observations to include when transforming any normal photo into a Modiglianish painting:

Oval shaped head

Almond shaped eyes... many times blacked out

Long sloping nose

Small lips

Big hips

Can you guys think of anything to add to the list?

SallyAnn
09-07-2006, 01:19 AM
THe one thing I have noticed from his original paintings, he left a lot of pencil lines that where either later overpainted with dark lines or just left alone.

Had to do a PS.. from MY own observations.. to me, it seemed like he painted the way he used to do his sculpture...roman, (eek, wish i knew how to express what i see). his portraits, in the main, seemed to have that look, but historians seem to feel different.. quite a few see it as sexual. Perhaps it was a bit of both?

ujwala
09-07-2006, 03:08 AM
why do you think he painted eyes the way he did - either completely filled in with a color, or the iris vaguely defined? was it something deep like saying you dont know me to the models? anything written about the eyes? sorry for the bunch of questions.

ujwala
09-07-2006, 08:35 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Sep-2006/43741-color_sketch_2.jpg

tried another color combination - saw that he had on a light blue sweater in his self portrait didnt manage to get it right though :smug: and then used the colors that i found in his portrait of chaim soutine for the background. i think i was happier with the orange one. did try and elongate his neck in this one. feel i still need to do a few more :rolleyes:

Rosic
09-08-2006, 09:01 AM
ujwala... I don't know about the eyes thing... maybe someone else can enlighten us. A reference to it was made in the movie but I don't know how reliable that is.

This portrait turned out great... what are you going to try next?

guillot
09-08-2006, 09:43 AM
Wow - so impressive - everyone's work !!! :clap: Everyone's really pulling his style into their work very nicely.

I sure hope I can get things set up soon - I'm anxious to get out the brushes. Everything's a mess right now with the move - I don't know where half of my stuff is :eek: I would like to do the cellist too for my youngest daughter (who plays the cello). Unfortunately though, all the schools up here do not have Orchestra's :( So, my teenage daughter (who plays the violin - 6 years) and my youngest (cello - 2 years), are suffering :( The schools say "not enough interest" :rolleyes: What a sin.... Unbelievalbe - guess I'll have to find tutors !! That is something I want for them to both continue, and they do as well.

Thanks Bern!! I'm just sitting here kind of in limbo right now but have plenty of unpacking to do. I need a job too !! :( Nothing to transfer into right now :(

Take care all, and I'll try to get my unpacking done so maybe I can join in on this one.

Tina

guillot
09-08-2006, 10:17 AM
why do you think he painted eyes the way he did - either completely filled in with a color, or the iris vaguely defined? was it something deep like saying you dont know me to the models? anything written about the eyes? sorry for the bunch of questions.


I think that's a great question! I don't know either, but it does make you wonder. Got me thinking, so I looked up a few quotes about eyes - because when associate eyes with so many different things:

a beam in one's eye a fault great compared to anothers
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Cezanne said of Monet that "Monet is only an eye, but what an eye!"
Norman Douglas said "to find a friend one must close on eye. To keep him - two."
"There is less in this than meets the eye" - Tullulah Bankhead
"Intellectual disgrace stares from every human face, And the seas of pity lie locked and frozen in each eye"
"An unforgiving eye, and a damned disinheriting countenance!"
"What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over"
"The eyes are the window of the soul"
William Shakespeare said "Oh! how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes" and also "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind"

I dunno - maybe he was paranoid of eyes like I am of painting hands, LOL

It is a good question though - maybe he didn't want to feel "too" connected with his painting subjects ?

I know - I should shut up and unpack , LOL

Tina

artbyjune
09-08-2006, 12:37 PM
Ujwala, I think the colour combinations in your second portrait of Modigliani are very good, more subdued than the first one, they tell a different story.
Isn't that interesting. I hope you keep going with your small studies. Are you hoping to do a large final one? I'm looking forward to it.

Bernie, the harpist is coming along so well.

Sally Ann, I wish I'd seen a Modigliani 'in person' but I haven't.

I got a book from the library this afternoon on Modi...maybe the 'eyes' thing has to do with his admiration of African sculpture, or a carry through from his own sculpture. Its certainly a trademark of his. Don't know if I'd try a portrait with the eyes blocked out but may be interesting to try.

I may attempt another one later. Maybe a nude. Now those oil paints are out, they are screaming for attention.

ujwala
09-08-2006, 01:03 PM
Bernie - i'm stuck on doing this one properly :P did 3 more small sketches. this time i used ArtRage - took me almost the same amount of time as the last one to make the first but the next two took just a few minutes each.

Tina - i like all that you found out about the eyes :P In case you havent unpacked but yet have access to a computer and want to make quick color sketches try out Art Rage ( http://www.ambientdesign.com ). It's really one of the most fun and easiest software i've used in quite a while and it's free. no, i dont own stock in that company :lol:

June - i have 3 more and i'm hoping to do a bigger one with oil on canvas with colors in no.5 :p

Here are my other 3. I've finally decided on orange background, olive green sweater and eyes completely dark. Shall start oil on canvas soon. Enjoying myself thoroughly so far, I hope it continues to be fun

SallyAnn
09-08-2006, 10:43 PM
stumptail - you know, coming from a little country like New Zealand, we never got that many great exhibitions, so I was totally thrilled to be able to see the Modigliani exhibit here in Canada, especially as he is one of my fave artists. I can only wonder at how brilliant other works from other artists might look in real life :) (I did get the chance to see some other masters works, but not a lot).

Ujwala.. I am loving the studies you are doing. Now, don't take this the wrong way, but the one of Modi in the light blue jersey..... REALLY reminds me of Bill Murray. Even tho I know its Modi! (warped imagination here or what?) As for ARTRAGE.. I have played around with that too.. its lots of fun!

HI TINA! What a shame about the school and their lack of orchestra.. bet they have a basketball team right? I remember leaving the UK as a young child, and we had major music subjects, learnt instruments, learned to read music.. and then emigrated to NZ and the "music" class consisted of listening to recorded records and possibly having a guitar or two! We never even had a band, let alone an orchestra... such a shame.. music is so uplifting! Tina, the other person I like is Rosina Wachtmeister.. she also has some interesting 'musical' type peopl pics.

I am waiting on my paint to dry a bit... have more or less finished my cellist, and did a quick study of the landscape ( 5x7).. so will post them when the glare has gone.

I LOVE the fact that Modi didn't paint eyes.. cos I cant paint them either.... lol...I still wonder if he did try to re create his sculptures thru painting. I think I remember reading he ran out of money to sculpt. Or rather, the money to buy decent sculpting material. Maybe he just didnt really care for detail.. I have yet to see any painting that is detailed in hands, eyes, or even close on actual looks. Either way.. I love his work....... :)

ujwala
09-09-2006, 07:03 AM
Sally Ann - i started painting a couple of years ago and am still trying to figure out the various mediums. modigliani - beyond the myth was one of the first art exhibitions that i attended. i already liked his work and loved it when i saw it. the colors were so much more vibrant. that's when i fell in love with the man with orange background. I've been meaning to make copies of his work but i guess this was the push that i needed.

>> Modi in the light blue jersey..... REALLY reminds me of Bill Murray.
:lol: went back had a look and agree with you - bill murray with a very weak chin. the only piece that bears a vague resemblance is the initial sketch :lol:

Rosic
09-09-2006, 10:32 AM
Ujwala.. Bravo!

I painted a little more... not super pleased... she looks to squatty for a Modigliani... think I'll move through this one as fast as possible to get on to one of the nudes... :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2006/17108-mom293.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2006/17108-mom293close.jpg

Cool info about the eyes everyone!

Bern

deafdarkman
09-09-2006, 05:00 PM
Hi I am new here, I never see this before , I don't know what to paint , should pick any colors, I have canvas and oil paint , I am prepare and think what picture, ok

pixelmac
09-09-2006, 05:19 PM
Here is my attempt (first ever MOM :D ). Bear with me, I am a beginner but I certainly had fun attempting it.

I departed a little from the colors in the original. Partly because I could not mix it with my color palette (I use a minimal palette). I guess, bright purples such as diox. purple have to be bought. Try as I might, I could not mix bright purples out of my ult blue and al. crimson.. I also had trouble identifying/mixing the kind of blue that was in the coat..

Anyway, it was loads of fun and I learned quite a bit trying to do it..

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2006/33429-cellist.jpg

SallyAnn
09-09-2006, 06:47 PM
Wanted to post my pics today, but we had a fire downstairs in the store below us in the early hours of this morning, and so we ended up spending a couple of hours in the parking lot. Luckily hubby called the fire dept quickly and it didn't spread much, but we got quite a bit of smoke thru the apt.. :( No smoke alarms downstairs, and the only reason we knew.. the smoke was coming up thru the floorboards.. eeek ! Best bit was our 'rescue' plan for our cats worked purrrfectly.. (Groan!!!). Still a bit of cleaning to do to get rid of as much of the smoke smell as we can, but we got off quite lightly. Hope to post tomorrow :)

Rosic
09-09-2006, 10:14 PM
Here is my attempt (first ever MOM :D ). Bear with me, I am a beginner but I certainly had fun attempting it.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2006/33429-cellist.jpg

Bravo...:clap: :clap: ... You did great... I wouldn't call this an attempt but a success! Welcome aboard!

deafdarkman... glad you found us and decided to join in... I look forward to seeing your work and getting to know you.

SallyAnn... wow what a close one... I'm so glad you are among the living and still have a home... and CATS! :cat:

artbyjune
09-10-2006, 08:03 AM
Pixelmac, I love your interpretation of the cellist. Limited palette works so well.

Sally Anne, what an adventure. How scarey. Glad you are Safe!! And also your cats! Looking forward to seeing updates on your work when everything gets back to normal for you. Please take care.



Is this a 2 month project? How long have we got, Bernie.

bernie, the harpist facial features are very like the portraits of Modi's partner/wife Jeanne, I think, with the long nose. Exaggeration of features is very interesting.

Personally, its not so easy to let myself exaggerate, so a bit more study necessary! I'm looking at photos of Modi nudes in my library book. Maybe try one next week.

guillot
09-10-2006, 09:08 AM
Here is my attempt (first ever MOM :D ). Bear with me, I am a beginner but I certainly had fun attempting it.

I departed a little from the colors in the original. Partly because I could not mix it with my color palette (I use a minimal palette). I guess, bright purples such as diox. purple have to be bought. Try as I might, I could not mix bright purples out of my ult blue and al. crimson.. I also had trouble identifying/mixing the kind of blue that was in the coat..

Anyway, it was loads of fun and I learned quite a bit trying to do it..

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2006/33429-cellist.jpg


Hi pixelmac - this is wonderful!! Congratulations on your first MOM.

SallyAnn- WOW! That is scary. Glad to hear you are all safe.

Tina

ujwala
09-11-2006, 09:56 AM
Wanted to post my pics today, but we had a fire downstairs in the store below us in the early hours of this morning, and so we ended up spending a couple of hours in the parking lot. Luckily hubby called the fire dept quickly and it didn't spread much, but we got quite a bit of smoke thru the apt.. :( No smoke alarms downstairs, and the only reason we knew.. the smoke was coming up thru the floorboards.. eeek ! Best bit was our 'rescue' plan for our cats worked purrrfectly.. (Groan!!!). Still a bit of cleaning to do to get rid of as much of the smoke smell as we can, but we got off quite lightly. Hope to post tomorrow :)

Sounds awful and terribly scary!! I completely missed this post! I was wondering re ref about fires and smoke. I think it's got to do with some fiddling around i did with hybrid threads or some such. now the posts are all being listed differently :o

My net has been down until a short while ago. I decided to have a go at the nudes while waiting to start on the canvas :evil: i seem to be dithering a bit as far as starting the modi portrait is concerned.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2006/43741-DSCN2865_2.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2006/43741-DSCN2869.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2006/43741-nude2-seated.jpg

Cant seem to get the face right and i'm hoping that seeing them all together on one page should make it easier to spot some more problem areas. I've made this on paper (12X18)

Needed advice. I have this thought in my head that if i put gesso on it on both sides two things will happen
1. the gesso will dry transparently allowing me to see the drawing and
2. this gessoed surface will allow me to paint over it in oil.

do let me know if this possible or if there is any way that I can paint in oil on this surface. and comments as always are very very welcome :p

artbyjune
09-11-2006, 02:36 PM
I think the gesso on paper idea will work OK, especially if you keep the gesso thin so the drawing is still visible.

Your nude drawings are very good. I think the second one on the right is especially sweet in expression.

I haven't had time to do anything more.

SallyAnn
09-11-2006, 05:46 PM
Pixelmac - for a first attempt.. BRAVO! Looks great. Vibrant and loose!

Bernie - I think this will look great.. to get it more Modi "I" would lose the eyelashes and make the mouth a bit shorter in width.. otherwise I reckon its going to look fab.

Ujwala - Fantastic sketches! I'd say...... start painting.. lol !

Thanks all for the concern. Spent today cleaning ONE room... walls, floors, windows, glassware type stuff...... but it looks and smells much better. Two more to go that really need it, the other two rooms can just wait a bit longer!

Have attched the cellist.. I don't think I want to mess around any more with it as I tend to get all wrapped up in details that do NOTHING for it.. hehehe...
The landscape is proving to be hard to photograph.. no matter how I do it, it comes out very dark. Its only 7 x 5 inches..... but I will keep at it.

I got the canvas for my nude, and will start working on that this week.

Great work everyone... :thumbsup:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2006/46757-cello2.jpg

ujwala
09-12-2006, 02:26 AM
Bernie - great going. i love the other piece you're working on too

Pixelmac - very nice! I'm being chicken about starting mine.

June - thanks for confirming re the gesso. i'm hoping to try it out tonight. and i'm going on the assumption that we have two months. :P

Sally Ann - love your take on the cellist and looking forward to the nude.

Tina - hoping that you're settling in fine.

ps: how do you keep a track of the names and the aliases? :D

artbyrenata
09-12-2006, 06:52 AM
I don't have the time to join this MOM as tempting as it is. I truly love Modigliani's art and it is such fun to do these MOMs. But I wanted to say that everyone's work is looking great. I'm enjoying watching this thread. :clap: :clap: :clap:

guillot
09-12-2006, 09:59 AM
Tina - hoping that you're settling in fine.

ps: how do you keep a track of the names and the aliases? :D

Hi ujwala - Thanks - it's coming along great and I hope to get to paint in a couple of days, if not sooner ! I'm so looking forward to that. Moving takes awhile, and of course, girls rooms, family room, all the other rooms, have to be done virtually by the mother everytime! :) I would rather not feel guilty when I do get to paint :D But I'm very close ..

Aliases - hmm - I've been around here for like forever I think - you'll get used to it. This is friendly website, and before you know it - you'll have all kinds of new friends from around the world. There's a lot more to this website than art - lots of good friends here !!! The names and aliases will become somewhat branded in your mind after awhile, LOL

Your painting is coming along great !!

SallyAnn - great work there too !!

As usual everyone is doing wonderfully !!! And I'm sitting here babbling and losing out on the fun ....

Tina

artbyjune
09-13-2006, 12:05 PM
:lol: I had a very nice day painting a copy of Modigliani. Interested in the exaggeration in his style and so I chose the profile of Jeanne to do. She has an exceedingly long neck!!

My version is a quick study, 7 by 12 ins, on an old bit of canvas. (Used vermillion, lemon, ultramarine, sap green, cadmium yellow, titanium) One paint layer...also I was trying out a new medium and having to get used to the strong turps smells.

My copy:=


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Sep-2006/11473-myjprofwc1.jpg

Maybe not the best photo of it but hope you can get the gist. :wave:

artbyjune
09-13-2006, 12:06 PM
Seems to me the original painting (by Modi) has a medieval feel to it.

ujwala
09-14-2006, 01:40 AM
Ujwala - Fantastic sketches! I'd say...... start painting

lol! i'm stuuuuuuuccccccccck! I'm hoping to kick myself back on track. Last night i fiddled around some more with the nude and i truly hope to gesso it today.

June - yours is beautiful. i love the long neck and the colors. :clap:

Rosic
09-14-2006, 08:40 AM
Bravo June... I love it!

artbyjune
09-14-2006, 01:01 PM
:D thanks.

In this image, I like the way Modigliani implies roundness of form with very spare 'modelling' in 3D. He seems to get the flat drawing to imply 3D without the need to depict all the planes.

here's a brighter photo of my work. I can't get a good photo yet because paint still wet (that's my excuse). Hope this one is better.:)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Sep-2006/11473-myjprofwc2.jpg

:wave:

SallyAnn
09-15-2006, 11:22 PM
Ujwala - I finally got my canvas out and will start my sketch for my nude tomorrow. I have this huge frame to fit a 24 X 36 canvas that I was using for the first Modi nude I did, but it was slightly smaller.. so cant wait to get going on this one. So don't feel stuck.. lets chip away together!

June, love the vibrant colours! I keep looking at the book of Modi paintings I have, then think back to the actual paintings.. sooooo different.. I think yours has captured his use of the bright colours for sure.. bravo!!!

Today was my first day of NOT cleaning walls etc.. so am all excited to be able to get back into painting.

I put my little Modi landscape in a frame given to my by my inlaws.. so will try and get onto a photo tomorrow too.

Rosic
09-15-2006, 11:37 PM
Sorry I'm so slow on this guys... most of my time has been spent on Livie's portrait lately.
Bern

Update:

Just adding more base color...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Sep-2006/17108-mom294.jpg

artbyjune
09-16-2006, 03:16 AM
Lovely Rosic. The colour harmonies are beautiful.

Sally Ann, the nice thing about the modi's is that many people love his style and so a present of the landscape will be admired I'm sure.

Ujwala, keep going. Looking forward to seeing the colour version. I'll try another next week if I've time. I'm getting addicted!!

To copy MOM is a good way to learn and experiment...

guillot
09-16-2006, 07:11 AM
To copy MOM is a good way to learn and experiment...

Yes, it is!! A great way to learn! I love your painting there stumptailmonkey!! Very nice.

Bernie - Looking lively and great on yours too !!

SallyAnn - love yours as well.

I'm always amazed at everyone's work and efforts with these activities !! If I wouldn't have became overwhelmed with inspiration for a new painting, I would be doing this along with you guys. I may still find time to do so inbetween.

Tina

Rosic
09-16-2006, 09:07 AM
To copy MOM is a good way to learn and experiment...
Sure is... Did you know that Tina was on that team that originated the MOM project? Long time ago huh Tina?

Thanks for the encouragement on my work everyone... the squatty woman bugs me... Modigliani's women had plump areas but were mostly elongated. :eek:

ujwala
09-16-2006, 10:06 AM
posted twice sorry....

ujwala
09-16-2006, 10:08 AM
Sally Ann and June - thanks for the encouragement. I needed that. It got me going today. Not to finish what I'd already started but to attempt one more....

Bernie - I love the colors you've used

In this image, I like the way Modigliani implies roundness of form with very spare 'modelling' in 3D. He seems to get the flat drawing to imply 3D without the need to depict all the planes.
I realised a bit of that while attempting to draw the nude - the curves in her arm, faint definition of elbow and wrist, where her shoulders rounded and her armpits were placed - gave me in an inkling and then today while attempting to do Elena Povolozky it became very very clear - he certainly knew his anatomy :rolleyes: I realised that it was an "Elena" only after I'd finished painting and while I was painting it I thought that it was a portrait of man :evil:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Sep-2006/43741-DSCN2885_2.jpg

This one is 8"X11" in poster colors. Please dont throw me out of this forum the one in oil is coming shortly :o

artbyjune
09-17-2006, 12:15 AM
Ujwala, I LOVE it!!

artbyrenata
09-17-2006, 02:44 AM
Y'all seem to be having such a ball doing this MOM, so I changed my mind - I'm allowed, I'm female :lol: I had a spare two hours and was not inspired to create, so I decided to try the MOM. Ofcourse I had to do my favourite of Modiglianis nudes...so here she is. I call her "Modigliani in an afternoon." :lol: I know there is still a fair bit to do on her and I know the composition isn't exact as my canvas was a different size to the original, so I decided to alter the composition. ....:wink2:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/31515-modigliani.jpg

guillot
09-17-2006, 03:06 AM
WONDERFUL !!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

I love it !! Very Modigliani !!!

Very nice !!

Tina

artbyrenata
09-17-2006, 03:08 AM
Oh geez, thank you very much Tina! :)

ujwala
09-17-2006, 07:42 AM
June - Thank you :D

Renate - wow! looks great already. I chose a really sedate one - seated nude 2.

Tina - team that started these MOM's - double wowee!

artbyjune
09-17-2006, 07:43 AM
Renata its brilliant!!

Rosic
09-17-2006, 01:09 PM
Of course I had to do my favourite of Modiglianis nudes...so here she is. I call her "Modigliani in an afternoon." :lol:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/31515-modigliani.jpg
Bravo... and this is one of my favorite Modi nudes too... thanks for joining us and sharing this one Renata! :thumbsup:
B

SallyAnn
09-17-2006, 06:11 PM
Ujwala... yet another great painting.. you really have his style..as do you Renata.. great work!

Bernie.. keep at it! I sketched my nude this afternoon.. and I am quite sure the proportions are not right, but I had to get the canvas to fit the frame.. heheh..not quite the right idea.. but she too is going to look a bit squattish!

I still haven't taken a pic of the landscape, even tho its framed and on the wall.. lol.. but will do so tomorrow when I pick up new batteries for the camera. (And will post the initial sketch too).

Happy painting !

Rosic
09-17-2006, 09:02 PM
I still haven't taken a pic of the landscape, even tho its framed and on the wall.. lol.. but will do so tomorrow when I pick up new batteries for the camera. (And will post the initial sketch too).

Happy painting !
Can't wait to see it... :thumbsup:

Rosic
09-18-2006, 09:09 AM
Had to take a break from the harp playing dwarf (I am so NOT enjoying that one:eek: ) so I did this one last night (about 2 1/2 hours)... RECLINING NUDE (Almäisa) (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Amadeo_Modigliani_001.jpg)

8"x10" oil on panel...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Sep-2006/17108-mom29b.jpg

close up...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Sep-2006/17108-mom29b_close.jpg

Tough doing those facial features this small...:eek:

Bern :wave:

artbyjune
09-18-2006, 09:17 AM
Fabulous Bernie. Its really sumptious!! Marvellous flesh and plush red couch.

Works really well.

artbyrenata
09-18-2006, 09:48 PM
ujwala - Thank you. I like how yours is coming along!

stumptailmonkey - Thank you.

Sallyann - Your cellist looks fabulous!

Bernie - I love that rich red - it looks great!

:wave: ~ Renata

SallyAnn
09-19-2006, 08:55 AM
Bernie - wahooooo! Looks fantastic! Love it! :clap:

Well i tried taking a few pics of that little landscape, and none of them do justice to it... they all come out rather dull looking and the camera doesn't pick up the colours.. so I figured I would just post it anyways... its only 6 x 8 and I must admit, I didn't enjoy painting so small!

ALso attached is my stumpy modi nude. As I said, I bought a canvas for a frame rather than the other way around, so she hasn't come out quite in proportion. Had to rub out the eyes.. as usual they were all wrong. But will sort that out once I get painting. She;s on a 24 x 36 canvas board.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2006/46757-modilandscape.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2006/46757-modinude.jpg

Rosic
09-19-2006, 09:33 AM
Dang SallyAnn... you have the Modi-thing "Down-Pat"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bravo on the landscape... can't wait to see the nude.
B

artbyjune
09-19-2006, 12:27 PM
Dang SallyAnn... you have the Modi-thing "Down-Pat"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bravo on the landscape... can't wait to see the nude.
B

Ditto from me Sally Ann.

I kind of shied away from the landscape but I think now I may give it a go!:D

Rosic
09-19-2006, 02:13 PM
Can ya give us a BIGGER picture of your landscape SallyAnn?

cmac
09-19-2006, 09:07 PM
Hi everyone

This forum is fantastic!
I have been painting for about 3 months. Found the WetCanvas site when I started. I have tried various media (watercolour, acrylic & oil) and I prefer oils. I have been watching this Modigliani MOM since it started and love his work - I haven't started anything yet, but I thought I would post this as a committment to do something.

Chris

SallyAnn
09-19-2006, 11:41 PM
Aww thank you:) Bernie, you know my addiction to Modi.. no matter what else I see, and really love, I come back to Modi..can't really explain it... I will try and get a bigger pic of the landscape, and better colour.. lets see what this camera can do! The greens and the buildings are so much brighter than the photo shows.. and Im not sure how I can get it happening!

June .. I have never really gotten into landscapes, but thought it would be ok to try a small one.. I wish I had gone bigger, as I do enjoy using bigger canvas. I don;t think I have the patience for smaller pics.. but then Bernies 8 x 10 blew me away! Cant wait to see what you come up with. Will you try the Modi one, or something else?

Chris HI !! Welcome to WC and the Modi thread. Where in CHCH are you? Up until 3.5 yrs ago.. I was in Shirley, Christchurch.. a few mins walk from "The Palms" shopping area. I found WC way after I first started trying to paint, and I like to believe that I have improved thanks to the info and help here.
Jump in.. and go for it I say!

ujwala
09-20-2006, 12:01 AM
Bernie - your nude is absolutely fabulous! love the colors too :clap: is the "livie" work going to allow you to do more of modis?

Sallyann - as bernie says you've cracked this guy :lol: i dont think i've done landscapes and yours is inspiring me to try it out too. btw the nude doesnt look stumpy.

Chris - welcome - wetcanvas is what kept me going when i first started a couple of years ago. :wave:

artbyjune
09-20-2006, 12:50 AM
Hi Chris and welcome to wetcanvas.

BTW, Sally Ann, I lived in Auckland for 13 years during the 80's.

guillot
09-20-2006, 08:00 AM
Hi everyone

This forum is fantastic!
I have been painting for about 3 months. Found the WetCanvas site when I started. I have tried various media (watercolour, acrylic & oil) and I prefer oils. I have been watching this Modigliani MOM since it started and love his work - I haven't started anything yet, but I thought I would post this as a committment to do something.

Chris


Hi Chris - Well, see - now you are committed :D - 'cause you said so :D These activities will help you grow as an artist for sure!! Welcome aboard !! No pressure from anyone here and looking forward to your work.

Bernie - great job on the nude !!! :clap:

SallyAnn - you too !!! Can't wait to see yours when it is completed.

Tina

SallyAnn
09-21-2006, 11:35 AM
June - what part of Auckland? I lived in Totara Heights (the posh name!), in Manukau City. Our house backed onto a small treed walkway that connected to the Botanic Gardens.. was great until it got really built up. I only lived there for about 2 years.

Well, here is the start on my nude. First layer of background done. I am using a ref pic from my "Modigliani - Beyond the Myth" book, as its a lot easier, and is quite brighter. (And is less 'reddish") Having said that, I am more or less doing what I want.. hahaha.

As an aside - in that book is also a photo of "the cellist" who's suit is dark blue/grey and his cello is a deep mahogany.. go figure! :eek:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2006/46757-modinude1.jpg

ujwala
09-21-2006, 12:47 PM
I am using a ref pic from my "Modigliani - Beyond the Myth" book, as its a lot easier, and is quite brighter. (And is less 'reddish")

As an aside - in that book is also a photo of "the cellist" who's suit is dark blue/grey and his cello is a deep mahogany.. go figure! :eek:
I have a copy of the same book. I found the prints to be much much darker than the ones found on the web. Like for example the one of Elena Povolozky (http://www.abcgallery.com/M/modigliani/modigliani77.html) the crop which is at the beginnning of the book and also the Cellist.

The background is looking great. You guys move really quickly.

I have made a teeny weeny bit of progress. The nude has been gessoed :angel:

SallyAnn
09-21-2006, 02:00 PM
Ujwala - Fantastic book eh!?!? I got it as a Christmas present and a month later we went to see the actual exhibit. I was totally blown away by the richness of the colours in real life. Before I got the book and saw them, I used a couple of pics from the web. One of the first ones I did was Leopold Zborowski (page 156 lol). As in real life, his jacket is more red than the brown I had seen on the web. I was wandering around looking at the paintings and saying.. damn.. those colours are so different!

Another one exhibited that I loved was Seated Man with Orange Background (page 153 !)...The orange was brilliant and his skin tone was like a peach.. just amazing... I'd like to have a go at that one too... sigh.. so many modi's.. so little time.. lol

Can't wait to see yours once you get painting. :wave:

cmac
09-21-2006, 02:33 PM
Hi
Thank you for comments SallyAnn, Ujwala, Stumptailmonkey and Guillot.

SallyAnn, I live just around the corner from the Warrington St shops - just down the road from "The Palms" - small world huh.

I have yet to make a start on my Modi (I'll start with the cellist), but I started work real early this morning so that I can work on it this afternoon.

I might even pluck up enough courage to post some of the paintings I've done so far!

I note that those of you who have been lucky enough to see a 'real' Modigliani mention that the colours are bright - I'll bear that in mind.

SallyAnn
09-22-2006, 12:14 AM
Chris - it really IS a small world.. my best friends lived in Warrington Street (not far from the corner .. Stanford Rd, If i remember rightly, before moving to Flesher Ave. Nice to meet you.. if only on line, and thousands of miles away now! :wave:

Please do post some of your other work. I have been painting for a few years, but self taught, so its slow going, but I love it. I am still at that stage that I am not sure what I want to paint, so 'copying' the likes of Modi and others, for me has at least been a learning stage. I have read lots, but find it more fun 'doing', despite the outcome.

For me, that feeling of not being sure.. wondering where I want to go, was on my mind tonight.. and every channel hubby flicked through, there was a doco on some artist, or art in general. One had me almost in tears. Joseph Giunta. Never heard of him until tonight. Born in Montreal Canada in 1911. I have yet to look into his past, but the doco tonight was so moving. Here he was, 89 years old, looking after his wife who had the beginnings of altzheimers, and still wanting to create. He was sharp, compassionate, humourous and all those things I want to be when I reach 89. Very inspirational. He died suddenly in 2001 while preparing for a major art exhibition. Very sad, but even sadder.. at the end of the doco, they took his wife around the exhibition.. she didn't even realise he was her husband.

One of the things I loved that he said... art and creativity keep you young!

Happy painting! Cant wait to see more updates.. esp Bernies dwarf harp player .. :D

artbyjune
09-22-2006, 12:30 AM
Just checking in. I haven't done any more Modi copies as yet. I will make a fresh start next week, I think. Good thing its a two month project!

SallyAnn, I lived in Mangere when I first arrived in NZ; then moved to Epsom-Mt Roskill area. I've visited the botanic gardens in Manukau city. I used to love going to the beaches around Auckland, e.g. Kawkawa Bay, etc.

I've visited Christchurch, but only for a day in passing through on a summer hol. Very flat countryside down there.

How did you arrive in Canada? From photos, I think it must be a beautiful country!! Lucky you.

CharlesBaudelaire
09-22-2006, 10:04 PM
Hello folks, just joined. Untrained painter. Here is a diptych that I'm just doing as a study, as well as the original, which is in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. It's funny to watch the tourists zoom right up to it above all the others in the room.

The background was a sort of dove gray--I used acrylic--and he used burnt umber over that. As near as I'm able to tell, the bedspread is alizarin red with some variety of yellow to indicate what seem to be paisley "teardrops" and whatnot, painted over with a lot of oil, which mutes them. The hue of the cheeks is cadmium red. No photo does the original justice; the torso is actually a rosy color. He built up from the burnt umber; parts of the armpit, the swale under the (right) breast, and the line defining the arch of her back are quite close to the canvas. The left cheek and shadow under the breast are blended, as well as where the right leg meets the belly. The lines marking the right ribcage and pelvis are on top. The hair, eyes, and wood panel background are a mixture of umber and alizarin; the hair has black lines through it, and from a distance this makes the hair seem a deeper brown, but it's the same as the background. The nipple is a rose color, the lips more intense. There are hints of ultramarine blue on the pillow above her right armpit; this contrasts with the orangy cadmium and seems to be a nod to a classical nimbus, but good art nonetheless. The line creating the arch of the back has a hint of black, and above it, the same cadmium. The features of the face were done just once and are simply black lines--same with hair. All the paint coming up to the lines along the border--pillow, bedspread, etc. are "crept up to" with a filbert brush. While the body is defined, the approach from the other elements has a sort of vibrating raggedness that draws the eye all the more to the subject. The high spots are the forehead, the upper portion of the right breast, and the belly as it meets the leg. The paint is quite thick--he appears to have gone at it quite forcefully on the leg, where he actually created sort of impasto bubbles a little less than a milimetre in diameter. The paint seems to stand off about 2mm at its thickest.

There was a question about the almond-shaped eyes. I believe this was an influence from the African masks he saw at the exhibitions in Paris. Also, he was known as Modi, but apparently intimates called him "Dado."

I'll paint a full version when I've learned what I can from this study. Any guidance is appreciated.

Rosic
09-22-2006, 10:26 PM
Hi everyone
I haven't started anything yet, but I thought I would post this as a committment to do something.

Chris
That's the spirit Chris... looking forward to having you!


Bernie - your nude is absolutely fabulous! love the colors too is the "livie" work going to allow you to do more of modis?
Definitely gonna try another... maybe even finish the angelic dwarf...:evil:

SallyAnn... background looking great! :thumbsup:

June... what have you been working on?... and more Modi's for us? Sure hope so!

Charles... rolling out the red carpet for you right now... welcome! Gonna love seeing yours come to life! Love that one... I did a cropped version of a similar one some time back... here it is...

"Reclining Nude Cropped" after Modigliani
14"x18" Alla Prima Oil on stretched canvas.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2004/17108-modiglianicover2.JPG




Bern

artbyjune
09-23-2006, 07:28 AM
Charles and bernie...Bravo on those nudes. A cropped version is rather interesting. Also the diptych idea is brilliant.

I think I will do another portrait study before tackling a nude pose!!

Keep up the good work everyone. I am really enjoying this project and wish I could get a look at the real thing in some museum nearby...need to see if any are hosting a Modi in an exhibition....maybe Birmingham museum and art gallery...I think they have a French impressionism and other twentieth C works exhibit on about now.

Cheers.

SallyAnn
09-23-2006, 03:58 PM
June - I came to Canada first time in 2000 - then returned to NZ and back again in 2003. I'm one of those lucky 'met over the internet' romances... lol.. we first 'met' on line in 1997 and celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary next week. :D

Charles - welcome to WC! Love your modi, and the idea of the diptych.

I started putting some colour into her body yesterday. It's more of a base coat really - quite thin - so once its dry I can start plastering the real colour on.
Can't wait! I am itching to get this done so I can put it in my huge frame and hang it. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Sep-2006/46757-modinude2.jpg

Rosic
09-23-2006, 05:28 PM
SallyAnn... you are building this one up nicely... can't wait myself!

CharlesBaudelaire
09-23-2006, 08:26 PM
Well here it is, mostly done. First Modigliani, first diptych, first oil painting for that matter. Need to do that curious saffron color on the cheeks, as well as the features. Any suggestions as to how to arrive at that color he always used on the cheeks? I've been fooling around but haven't found anything satisfactory.

Thanks for the comments about the diptych; it was convenient because I couldn't find a suitable canvas, but after starting I realized that it thwarted the best thing about the painting: Modi's ability to draw the curved line!

I also see much to improve on.

SallyAnn: That's very very nice. I'll look forward to seeing how you build it up.

Rosic: Thanks for the red carpet! Alla prima is the operative phrase with Modigliani, it seems. The nude you did is great.

SallyAnn
09-23-2006, 10:44 PM
Charles, its looking great! I did my first Modi nude in 04, and had limited paint supplies. I was actually given some oil paints from my MIL.. she preferred watercolour. Anyway, in the nude I did, I also did the 'bed spread' or whatever it is, in alizarin crimson, and I used that also in her cheek colour, over the top of the skin tone, so it wasn't so bright. I have to admit to being impatient, and prefer to paint wet on wet and see what happens. (Can hear the tut tuts of art teachers everywhere!). Just for info, have attached the terrible shot here... the photo makes her look quite muddied, where she is quite bright, and more yellowy in skin tone. One day I might get a decent digi camera!!!

artbyjune
09-24-2006, 09:00 AM
Hi Charles and SallyAnn, your nudes are looking good. Did you do that one a while ago SallyAnn? Its lovely!!

I did a small sketchy portrait today and I'll post it...still wet so not the best photo, I'm afraid. I had a bit of trouble with the nose on this one...not sure if my colours are very true to the original, but I was really more interested in the design features today. Not got onto a nude yet!!:D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Sep-2006/11473-redwc1.jpg

This is one thin coat of paint using fairly soft brushes. Small size, about 8 by 12 ins, painting paper. (crimson, cadmium yellow, ultramarine, flake white).

I can see the need to work larger, with rougher brushes, with thicker paint and on canvas. I'll get around to it eventually.:wave:

artbyjune
09-24-2006, 09:04 AM
Sally Ann--an internet romance. How wonderful!! An amazing story...

guillot
09-24-2006, 09:07 AM
Wow you guys are all really moving on this MOM !! Fantastic job :clap:

Tina

CharlesBaudelaire
09-25-2006, 09:34 AM
SallyAnn: That's a wonderful Modi. I suspect that his exaggerations conform more closely to what we identify as the female form than the actual form itself, and that is what makes his work so appealing. For instance, in your painting, the right thigh. Perhaps this is inspired from the exaggerated forms of the primitive art he saw in the galleries. The blue as it approaches the left armpit is especially nice. How large is the trim overall?

It seems that Modigliani worked wet-in-wet. The nude I'm working on appears to have been completed in one sitting. One lesson I've learned is that he sculpted large amounts of paint as much as anything; smooth as they may be, the features bulge out of the canvas. It also seems that he went over the paint with a wet brush dipped in somethingerather to make it nearly uniform in surface texture. Any insights on what he may have used as a medium?

For the saffrony cheeks, I may actually use liquine! Don't tell anyone! But it seems he may also have resorted to something of that nature. In the line defining the arch of the back, he used something quite black over the burnt umber, but also he put a very thin line of that saffron cheek color on the skin at the arch. Turps? Don't think so. Oil? Maybe, but it doesn't seem oily.

Sorry if these musings are dreadfully elementary.

SallyAnn
09-25-2006, 02:50 PM
June - I love it! I like your colours... nice and vibrant.:thumbsup:

Charles - I am making one hell of a mess painting wet on wet, especially to get those 'lines' he does around the body. But I am having fun and learning too. The reclining nude I did was back in 2004 and she is 22 X 28 inches. One of the other things I noticed at the exhibition was that in some of his paintings he has not even bothered covering the canvas, you can still see his sketch lines underneath.

Update on mine - have quite a bit of detail left to finish and of course start on the face. Im using a table top easel which is hilarious, so may have to wait for it to dry a lot more so I can lean on the canvas itself. Lets see, I need a new camera and now a bigger and sturdier easel.. my cats attack my cheap big one and paintings tend to err fall off !

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Sep-2006/46757-modinude3.jpg

Rosic
09-25-2006, 07:50 PM
Charles... looking good! So are you having fun? These MOM's are great!

SallyAnn... so glad you included your previous work (don't hesitate to share any others here... I know you have several)... your current project is building up just fine!

June... Bravo... another superb portrait in Modiglianish Fashion!

Tina... :wave:

I decided to do another quickie... here's one of my own (alla prima) with a Modi-Twist...

Title: Modiglianish Ballerina
Size: 20"x20"
Surface: Stretched Canvas

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Sep-2006/17108-Modiglianish_Ballerina.jpg

Close-up...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Sep-2006/17108-Modiglianish_Ballerina_close.jpg


Bern :wave:

SallyAnn
09-25-2006, 09:52 PM
Bernie - Including this nude.. its now NINE.. lol... I really am addicted!

I love your ballerina! Lovely rich colours. I love the tutu.. it looks so feathery, and then just the hint of the shoes. :clap:

artbyjune
09-26-2006, 02:12 AM
Bernie - Including this nude.. its now NINE.. lol... I really am addicted!

I love your ballerina! Lovely rich colours. I love the tutu.. it looks so feathery, and then just the hint of the shoes. :clap:

I second your comments on bernie's ballerina.:thumbsup:

Good for you SallyAnn...9 Modis!! My goodness.:cool:

I prepared a slighter larger piece of canvas..12 by 16 ins. I may get around to either another portrait or a start on a small nude figure.

From Charles comments above...I believe Modi may have used thick paint on the actual portrait or figure. Sketchy in other places. I'll try that instead of my smoothish approach. Probably give it a bit more texture.:p :wave:

Rosic
09-26-2006, 08:34 AM
Modi seemed to outline most of his subjects in black (or at least a very dark combination of colors)... has anyone come across any info on how he did this? With my ballerina I simply used a small brush and outlined it when I was done... on the small nude I did I painted a wide area in dark and brought the flesh and BG's up to that point to give the illusion on outline. It will be interesting to hear your comments.
Bern

CharlesBaudelaire
09-26-2006, 11:03 AM
Rosic: Love the muscles on the ballerina. Very deft, very Modi.

On outlining, I can speak only to the one I'm doing, but it seems that the line was Modigliani's most important skill; he was always sketching wherever he went, and it would naturally follow that this would translate onto a canvas. If you've seen reels of Picasso sketching in his later years--a line here, a line there, he scowls, then some little doodads, a sly grin crosses his face, a couple of masterful jabs, et voila! A masterpiece! I think Modigliani was the same way.

The lines on the nude I'm working on are not as dark as I had at first supposed, which is a mistake I'm learning from. On the figure, he simply picked up a thick gob of flesh tone (somewhat darker than the rest) and carefully but smoothly followed the line he'd already made; there's an impasto delineation between the dark line and the flesh. It's one stroke and he didn't go over it again, that's that, no going back. Maybe to give himself a little more leeway he would stand back and see where he might have to smooth a line out or make it more angular; you can paint that light flesh tone over a turps-dried background, but not the converse.

It appears that he *did* sometimes go back over the original dark line. Then he built up--sculpted--the flesh tones, ending with the lighter registers. Armpits, cleavage, hip curves: all darker and closer to the canvas. Forehead, breast, belly: lighter and more built up.

Then to create the background against the subject he used a small filbert to come up to the dark line, but not over it on to the subject. It seems to create a jagged radiance that blends and also gives a sense of tension or motion, but by making the subject static and giving the background motion instead of the other way around. Like the border of the blue pillow against the left armpit on SallyAnn's nude: very nice.

The distance between the background and the subject is consistent and requires that you stand back from the canvas--another mistake I'm learning from. Mistake #3: Amateurish angles; don't round off the angles of the background as it approaches the subject. If anything, make them slightly more accute for better definition. Mistake #4: the paint dries darker; to get that sense of richness I'll err on the side of lighter, or use a lighter undercoat. Otherwise it will be just too dark.

And another thing--I'll go out on a limb here, strike me dead if this seems preposterous: In the nudes, the face is more often on the left, I've noticed; in Western art our eyes are drawn from left to right just as we read. Is that a conscious choice? It would appear so, it seems consistent. But Modigliani's Judaism was a conscious part of his artistic identity; we learn from the articles that he sometimes included Jewish symbolism in his paintings, and Hebrew is read from right to left. Should our eyes be drawn toward the face last? It would seem so.

ujwala
09-26-2006, 11:45 AM
June: great going! looking forward to seeing your third piece with the new approach.

Bernie: loved the ballerina. have googled and surfed looking for some clues on modi's technique to no avail. :( i'm planning to put in the outline as my last but one layer and then cover it up in some places :P too new at this to be able to figure out anything else.

Charles: the diptych is a great idea. and your painting is looking great! Thank you for taking the trouble to write about the problems you faced while painting your modi.

Another one exhibited that I loved was Seated Man with Orange Background (page 153 !)...The orange was brilliant and his skin tone was like a peach.. just amazing... I'd like to have a go at that one too... sigh.. so many modi's.. so little time.. lol
Sally Ann: I loved the Orange man too - he was my favorite at the exhibition :D I've found another with a bright yellow background on the net. I would like to try both. I hope to do those in poster colors as I can do them faster.

I love the way your modi's are coming along. what kind of brushes do you use? i've used bristle brushes with my oil and it's a big mess as you can see. plus i just loaded on the paint. the gessoed paper was too smooth so the paint refuse to stick to the surface. bit of a mess. shall have a go once it dries.

I'd decided I wasnt posting again until I got the oils out. After lurking for a couple of days and reading about what you all were upto I couldnt resist :smug: Made a bit of a mess but here's the nude in oils. Done on my newly acquired drafting table :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Sep-2006/43741-DSCN2903.jpg

SallyAnn
09-26-2006, 02:12 PM
Was sitting here pondering Modigliani, staring out the window with a blank look... lol.. and lo and behold, there are tons of Monarch butterflies going past... must be migration time again! Its beautiful against the blue sky and yellow/orange leaves. :) So sad that so many of them never make it across the lake tho :(

I wish I knew Modi's secret!!! My problem is that I can only afford the cheaper W&N paints, but when I first started out, my MIL gave me some of her 'fine Artists quality Grumbacher paints" and what a difference! NOt that you can tell from the photo, but my reclining nude, the background is done with the good paints and it shows IRL... much brighter and lush. Now I have taken it out of the frame, I really shoud re photograph it! :rolleyes:

As for my brushes - its the same thing. I have several good bristle brushes she gave me with the paints, but I mostly use W&N University Series (flats, brights mostly, but have a few odd ones here and there) - again due to budget. Hopefully once I get this residency sorted out here I can actually go out to work and earn some money for some good supplies !!! For now I just drool over the artist quality paints and brushes.. lol

Ujwala- you have a good start and I expect another layer will help it lots and pull it together. Look forward to your next update AND when you start on the 'Orange Man' !!!!!:thumbsup:

Rosic
09-26-2006, 05:57 PM
On outlining, I can speak only to the one I'm doing, but it seems that the line was Modigliani's most important skill; he was always sketching wherever he went, and it would naturally follow that this would translate onto a canvas. If you've seen reels of Picasso sketching in his later years--a line here, a line there, he scowls, then some little doodads, a sly grin crosses his face, a couple of masterful jabs, et voila! A masterpiece! I think Modigliani was the same way.

The lines on the nude I'm working on are not as dark as I had at first supposed, which is a mistake I'm learning from. On the figure, he simply picked up a thick gob of flesh tone (somewhat darker than the rest) and carefully but smoothly followed the line he'd already made; there's an impasto delineation between the dark line and the flesh. It's one stroke and he didn't go over it again, that's that, no going back. Maybe to give himself a little more leeway he would stand back and see where he might have to smooth a line out or make it more angular; you can paint that light flesh tone over a turps-dried background, but not the converse.

It appears that he *did* sometimes go back over the original dark line. Then he built up--sculpted--the flesh tones, ending with the lighter registers. Armpits, cleavage, hip curves: all darker and closer to the canvas. Forehead, breast, belly: lighter and more built up.

Then to create the background against the subject he used a small filbert to come up to the dark line, but not over it on to the subject. It seems to create a jagged radiance that blends and also gives a sense of tension or motion, but by making the subject static and giving the background motion instead of the other way around. Like the border of the blue pillow against the left armpit on SallyAnn's nude: very nice.

The distance between the background and the subject is consistent and requires that you stand back from the canvas--another mistake I'm learning from. Mistake #3: Amateurish angles; don't round off the angles of the background as it approaches the subject. If anything, make them slightly more accute for better definition. Mistake #4: the paint dries darker; to get that sense of richness I'll err on the side of lighter, or use a lighter undercoat. Otherwise it will be just too dark.

And another thing--I'll go out on a limb here, strike me dead if this seems preposterous: In the nudes, the face is more often on the left, I've noticed; in Western art our eyes are drawn from left to right just as we read. Is that a conscious choice? It would appear so, it seems consistent. But Modigliani's Judaism was a conscious part of his artistic identity; we learn from the articles that he sometimes included Jewish symbolism in his paintings, and Hebrew is read from right to left. Should our eyes be drawn toward the face last? It would seem so.

Valuable info Charles... thanks for sharing.

ujwala... your Modi-nude is looking great!

SallyAnn
09-28-2006, 03:00 PM
Charles, I think too that Modi painted his lines knowing what he was doing, whereas I stand back and try to 'think' too much.. lol !! Hence the worry with the dark lines.

So on that note, I think I will call this done, or I will be forever fixing bits here and there! I had a hard time with the face, esp using such a small ref pic, but what the heck, its only going to hang on my wall :) I just took the pic and decided not to even bother trying to get any colours right. If one gets fixed, the rest go haywire, suffice to say I am happy with the skin colour IRL :)

Looking forward to other updates!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Sep-2006/46757-modinude4.jpg

artbyjune
09-28-2006, 04:42 PM
Really beautiful, SallyAnne!!!

Rosic
09-28-2006, 10:15 PM
One of the BEST covers I've seen SallyAnn! :clap:

Found this OLD WC Project... you guys may want to add your Modi-nudes to it for posterity's sake... ;)
Homage to Modigliani Nudes (http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_details&proj_id=733)

guillot
09-28-2006, 11:10 PM
WOW SallyAnn - wonderful !!!!!!!!!!!!! :clap:

Tina

CharlesBaudelaire
09-29-2006, 01:52 PM
SallyAnn: You protest too much; that is just absolutely stunning as a digi file. It must be really overwhelming IRL. Well done.

Ujwala: How's yours coming along?

Have not finished mine; fretting over the face.

SallyAnn
09-29-2006, 03:43 PM
June, Bernie, Tina, Charles - thank you for the lovely comments! I must admit, looking at it today feeling quite proud of it, and yes it does look lots better IRL - colour wise. Can't wait to get it into the frame (which is about 4.5 inches thick and very heavy.) Bernie, will add it to that thread, there are some great nudes there.

I was looking through the Modi book, and stopped at the image of the "Man with the orange background" as mentioned before, another of my faves. Hubby came home, saw the open page and said, Oh I remember that one, it was great... so... ermmm.. *cough cough* .. Im doing that next.. lmaoooo! I feel its only fair, most of my larger paintings are females, so need to balance it a bit! :wink2:
I will have to scale it down, didn't realise the original is about 25 x 39 inches!

Charles, I found the face quite hard too. I scrubbed the eyes, nose and mouth out several times, so good luck. Can't wait to see it.

ujwala
10-02-2006, 12:01 PM
Sally Ann : your nude looks fantastic! wow! :clap:

Charles : : put on a second layer today. i'm finding it tough. will add another layer in a couple of days once this one dries. the humidity is adding to the time it is taking to dry. how is yours coming along?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Oct-2006/43741-DSCN3012.jpg

ujwala
10-02-2006, 12:05 PM
Found this OLD WC Project... you guys may want to add your Modi-nudes to it for posterity's sake... ;)
Homage to Modigliani Nudes (http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_details&proj_id=733)

Thanks for the link Rosic. Went to check it out and discovered that I'd registered for it on 14 Oct 2004!! Put up a couple of progress photographs :D

SallyAnn
10-02-2006, 12:06 PM
Ujwala - yours is coming along fantastically!!! :thumbsup: A few layers makes all the difference. Love your skin colour, and her facial features are great! WELL DONE !!!

CharlesBaudelaire
10-02-2006, 12:13 PM
Here's an interesting link that gives both the image for Modigliani's seated nude as well as an x-ray of same. You can see how he roughed in the body and spent a considerable amount of time on the face, as well as some interesting second thoughts in the upper left hand corner. It also gives you a good idea of how large his brushes actually were--fairly big--except on the face, which is very refined.

http://www.artandarchitecture.org.uk/search/results.html?ixsid=4VWUp1qP2fF&qs=modigliani

Here's a link to MOMA showing an unfinished work that sort of shows how Modigliani worked with those lines. Though it's only a watercolor, it seems to give some hints.

http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?object_id=33375

artbyjune
10-02-2006, 01:04 PM
Ujwala, your nude is coming along fantastically!! I haven't even chosen one to do yet.

I joined that Modi nude project a while back too. If I get one done in oils, I'll put it there too to keep you all company!!

I was too busy with the WDE this weekend to do any thing else.

ujwala
10-02-2006, 02:14 PM
Charles : fabulous information and links - thanks!

Sally Ann : i hope it gets better with more layers.

June : Hope the WDE is going well. I've yet to participate in one. It's on my list :P looking forward to another one from you

and

Tina: I still hoping you'll change your mind :D

SallyAnn
10-02-2006, 02:25 PM
Charles - thanks for those links.. really interesting!!

Rosic
10-02-2006, 08:56 PM
Cool links Charles... THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

SallyAnn
10-02-2006, 11:33 PM
I started my "orange" man thing today.. sketched him out ( albiet a bit distorted again due to the size of the canvas), and then decided to do a Modigliani-a-la-Sally... lol.

I am going to put him into a nicer suit, with victorian waistcoat, but still keep that pose going. My orange background is really orange... lol.. I will post the WIP tomorrow when there is some light. I know its not quite the MOM thread, but I figured it would be ok??? It's still Modi? Right?

This may sound weird, but I have scoliosis, which means I have a curvature of the spine. Up until now, I had wondered why, when I took a pic, I had to adjust the angle to get it looking straight...... I think I now understand why....... I am lopsided.. lol ! SO tonight, when hubby checked out my sketch, and work so far.. said.. looks good, but he looks a bit too straight.. but to me.. he looks like he is on an angle.. and so I wondered.. hmm.. perhaps its me?? It's not until I sit down and look at the ref pic properly that I can see where I am off on a slant. For me, its interesting.. and something I hadn't thought of. (I also have to do the same alterations in my so called scenic pics I send off home to family... straighten them up a bit!!)

Ahhh.. the joys of painting!:D

ujwala
10-03-2006, 09:57 AM
Sally Ann : :( I hope exercise/physio will strengthen your back.

the nude is still sticky to touch and i think it will need another 2 days to dry. I had come by this morning and when I read about you working on the man with the orange background, I started thinking about the one with the yellow background. all along i was planning on using poster colors but ended up using art rage. the reference image within the software was really tiny and so I couldnt see the features well.

Man with the pipe ( Notary of Nice ) (http://www.abcgallery.com/M/modigliani/modigliani69.html)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2006/43741-man_with_yellow_background.jpg

artbyjune
10-03-2006, 02:38 PM
Ujwala, you beat me to it. I was thinking of doing that one next (man with pipe) as well as a small nude I have finally settled on. I won't get started until about Thursday now though.

Sorry to hear about your back problem, SallyAnne!

I am having problems with my shoulder at the moment and so I have taken to sleeping on the floor. Its helping!!

PS. Have you got a link to the man with orange background. I am intrigued...

SallyAnn
10-03-2006, 03:08 PM
Found this shot of "man with orange background". As with many on the net, they all seem to vary in their intensity of orange. Mine isn't going to be quite as bright, but near enough. I am using the one from the book, which is a lot more subdued in colour.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2006/46757-orange.jpeg

Noticed I will have to make some changes to his head.. mines a bit shorter due to space on the canvas.. lol !

Ujwala - love that man with pipe... very bright indeed!! :clap:

ujwala
10-03-2006, 03:16 PM
EDIT: oops! looks like Sally Ann beat me to it

June: sorry about that :D the link below has a review of the exhibition and a picture of the man with the orange background. sorry couldnt locate a bigger image.
http://www.juilliard.edu/update/journal/j_articles306.html

it's well past my bedtime. i'll be back later today :P

artbyjune
10-03-2006, 04:32 PM
Thanks for the links and the pic of the man with the orange background. First time I've seen that one!! How are you getting on with it SallyAnne??

I rather like Modi's portrait of jean cocteau. We could be doing this project for years!!

Your artrage version of the man with pipe is very striking, Ujwala. Will you do it also in oils?

There is a strong diagonal slant in much Modi's work- a trademark of his style along with the other features we noted...

Rosic
10-03-2006, 06:11 PM
This has been (correction IS) a GREAT MOM... thanks for the input everyone!
B

cmac
10-03-2006, 09:35 PM
Rosic - you mean they are not all like this? lol

Although I have not contributed anything for a while (I have been busy with boring stuff like work and building a fence to keep the dog in so that we don't get any more visits from the animal control officers) but I have been following the dialog.
It's wonderful - lots of interesting info and anecdotes.
I have started on the cello man, hope to do more soon.

SallyAnn, Ujwala, Stumptailmonkey, Charles, Rosic - your work all looks great.:clap:
I will post a pic of my cello man soon - with great trepidation.

Chris

ujwala
10-03-2006, 10:44 PM
Sally Ann : Thanks :D yellow is my favorite color so i had a great time putting large amount of it down on the canvas even though it was a virtual one.

June: no plans on doing this one in oil. the one that i would like to make is amedeo's portrait for which i've done the preliminary work. need to give myself a few swift kicks in the rear and ready the canvas.

Chris : looking out for your work.

It's October already! i think i'm going to be a bit sad when this project comes to an end.

RobynS
10-04-2006, 12:07 AM
I have been lurking on this thread for some time and intended to join in but ... pressures of the day stuff. I have had a go at one of the reference during on of my adult evening art classes and post it here for comment. I have not managed to include the black outline as the class teacher got a bit thingy about it.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Oct-2006/46524-harpist.jpg

ujwala
10-04-2006, 12:58 AM
Hi Robyn, good to see you here. your modi looks super :clap: did you use dry pastels? on the black outline - modigliani did that on some and didnt on others so yours fits in perfectly. I hope you plan to do more as this project will continue till the end of Oct.

Ujwala (EDM)

RobynS
10-04-2006, 01:17 AM
Thanks, Ujwala. I would love to have more fun with this project and will do so, if I can find some time away from my ATC addiction :rolleyes:

cmac
10-04-2006, 01:48 AM
As promised....
I got home early from work today and mnaged to get a little done.
Here is where I am up to
c:\cello man.jpg

Chris

cmac
10-04-2006, 02:10 AM
I'm obviously not having any success adding the image to the post.
Any advice?

Thanks in anticipation
Chris

ujwala
10-04-2006, 02:11 AM
Wow! This looks great Chris :clap: i'm too scared to try either the cello man or the lady on the harp :smug: what size is it?

RobynS
10-04-2006, 02:15 AM
I'm obviously not having any success adding the image to the post.
Any advice?

Thanks in anticipation
Chris
You have to upload the image, Chris. The link that you put into your message points to your own harddisk drive, which we obviously cannot access.

Just above the box where you compose your message is a row of icons. Click on the one that looks like a yellow square with a mountain in it then just follow the instructions. Hope this helps and you do not think that I am being patronising.

ujwala
10-04-2006, 04:32 AM
Chris : I can see your image as an attachment. That's one of the two options provided. The other would be as Robyn suggested - clicking on the picture frame and then the browse button, selecting your image file and then clicking on upload.

One more step, once you see the image on that page you need to click on it to confirm that it is the correct one only then will it upload into the body of your post.

hope this helps.

SallyAnn
10-04-2006, 08:25 AM
Chris - I had no problem seeing your painting.. its coming along great!!! :clap:
Nice rich colours... my fave!

Robyn - love your harp player too :thumbsup:

My "orange background man" is taking on a life of his own. He has put on weight in his face for starters! I was looking at him last night and thought I couldn't really do too much in changes to his head shape as when I put him in the frame I have, it would chop the top off. So as I said, I will just do it a-la-Modi with my own bits thrown in. I want to throw on some silver metallic paint into his waist coat just for a bit of fun. I painted some colour on his hands and face just to block out the white canvas for now. Hoping to do some work on that today as I only painted a thin layer and its dry already.

I said to hubby we can hang him opposite the nude and call it "dirty old man gawks at nude" :) hahaha...

:thumbsup: looking forward to more updates.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Oct-2006/46757-orange1.jpg

ujwala
10-04-2006, 09:14 AM
Sally Ann : Your man with the orange background is looking fabulous. i think i'm going to have a go too :P soooo tempting.

many q's :evil: sorry - is this after just the first layer? how do you make it so smooth? what's the size of the canvas 18 X 24? i'm hoping to improve the nude :P

SallyAnn
10-04-2006, 02:01 PM
Ujwala - great that you are going to give the orange guy a go! :clap:

As for mine, it's 22 x 28 on canvas board. All so far are first coats. I paint quite thinly and also love to mix the colours on the actual canvas and blend them in that way, for the backgrounds. I guess also the brushes I use, which are synthetic and don't generally leave much in the way of brush marks help with that smoothish look. I will probably do another layer for the background once I feel his head looks ok! LOL

artbyjune
10-04-2006, 02:50 PM
I love all the new work...SallyAnne, Chris and Robyn. keep it coming.

cmac
10-04-2006, 03:06 PM
Hi ujwala

Thanks for you comments.
Size is 12" x 16" (30cm x 41cm)

Chris

ujwala
10-05-2006, 12:02 AM
Sally Ann : thanks for answering my many questions. i use bristle brushes and they always leave their mark :P the synthetic set that i have is being used for poster colors and they are round as opposed to the flat bristle brushes. I now want to ry them out on oils. thanks again.

Chris : thanks for the details :D hope to see your next update soon.

SallyAnn
10-05-2006, 10:57 PM
Yeah. this is the worlds crappiest digi pic.. but until the new camera arrives.. this is it !
I worked on his coat today.. the lapels are actually silvery blue, his waistcoat has green/blue/grey base, with metallic silver and some orange in it - trying to get that victorian paisley kind of look. Added a bit of shading to his hands and head... so now wait for it to dry and do something with his face.

Hopefully the new camera will be better.. has to be... almost double the MPs!!! Yee haaaaaaah!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Oct-2006/46757-orange2.jpg

Rosic
10-05-2006, 11:11 PM
SallyAnn... this coming together nicely... even with a crappie digi I can see and appreciate!

artbyjune
10-06-2006, 07:14 AM
I agree...its coming along beautifully, Sally Anne. Lots of time and effort in this one...it will be well worth it. Already, he has a victorian gentleman look!!

TTHOMPIE
10-09-2006, 03:13 PM
Absolutely wonderful paintings guys!! I've this big grin on my face after floating thru all ten pages. The works are fabulous and look like it's been loads of fun. They look a little bit like the Keane works........but these make me smile......Keanes work didn't. Maybe I'm just in a giddy mood? I'll have to put this in my favorite places and when I'm in a grumpy mood......I'll check back to see if all these painting make me smile again.

Rosic
10-09-2006, 10:58 PM
TTHOMPIE... where have ya been? Missing you around here!
Bern

ujwala
10-10-2006, 07:50 AM
my lady is refusing to dry! maybe it's gessoed paper surface or just the humidity here. I've not worked many times with oil but the few time that i have it's never taken sooooo long. :( it's my first oil in dhaka though.

The Royal Academy of Arts, UK is having an exhibition of modi's works till oct 15th... just a few days left
http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/modigliani/
just in case any of you can make it.

SallyAnn
10-10-2006, 09:15 AM
Ujwala - thanks for the link. Shame it's not here, but maybe one day it will get to Toronto. His nudes in real life are awesome!

Sorry to hear yours is not drying - I wouldn't have a clue whats wrong, perhaps someone with more expertise can give you some help. For some reason my 'mans' face remained tacky for longer than I thought, so I still haven't started on that yet. BUT .. we got our new little digi camera and I think this one takes a much better shot regarding the actual colour. YIPPEE!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2006/46757-orangeman3.jpg

artbyjune
10-10-2006, 02:41 PM
Good photo, Sally Ann. Colours are sumptuous!!

Ujwala, was your gesso dry before you used oils on it? Also, maybe you could use a different medium because some are slow drying and some are fast-drying.

i still haven't started on any new Modi work!!

cmac
10-10-2006, 02:54 PM
SallyAnne - Your 'man' is looking great! And the new camera certainly does the trick.
Ujwala - from what I understand of oils drying, the gessoed paper won't affect the drying time. It is an oxidation process (a chemical reaction) where the speed of the reaction is affected by many things. The gesso should have sealed the paper so that the surface should behave like any other gessoed surface. Was the gesso completely dry before you started? If it wasn't, that may have an effect.
Note: I am not an expert on this, but I have done a bit of research on it. I'll try and research the effect of humidity on oil drying.

ujwala
10-10-2006, 10:48 PM
Sally Ann : the colors are looking great. :clap: and congratulations on your new purchase :D

Chris & June : the surface was dry before I started. most of it seems dry now but her hair and neck areas are still a bit sticky to touch. It's my fault the vegetable oil i'd used to clean the brushes wasnt wiped off well enough :eek: I'd read that this was a less harsher medium to use than turpentine. I was washing it off with soap and then dipping it again to moisten the surface. Really stupid :( I didnt use turpentine for the second layer as when i had for the first one it didnt cover the surface well. dumb dumb dumb. :o But having said that i think the climate isnt helping either. :p I applogize for the confusion I created but the veg oil bit just slipped my mind coz according to me I'd used it only for "cleaning"

SallyAnn
10-10-2006, 11:27 PM
Ujwala - thank u ! I did work on his face today, and will post the final result tomorrow..he even has 'real' eyes, as opposed to Modi's grey bits........ I think I will title this "Modigliani A-la- SallyAnni... heheheh (say that a few times.. !)

As for cleaning brushes... I have been using a tip provided here on WC!. I clean my brushes as best I can with turps.. then I give them a good clean with "Ivory" Soap.. so far all have come up clean and really soft. I rinse them well after the soap, then just let them air dry. Guess thats ok with synthetic brushes.. wouldnt know if that works with the more expensive ones.

ujwala
10-10-2006, 11:37 PM
Sally Ann - and I dont even have expensive brushes :( just cannot convince myself to follow the same routine. have to monkey around. usually the experiments work out ok. it's nothing new. when i was working the sys admin guy (a friend of mine) finally told me that he wouldnt help me anymore if my computer crashed as i loaded it daily with alpha and beta software. those days computers and fiddling around with them occupied my whole day. i usually manage to recover from them. years of experience :D And now a small portion is devoted to making art :D and here too the urge to constantly experiment is taking over. :eek:

SallyAnn
10-11-2006, 11:04 AM
Well here he is, my take on Modi's Man with Orange Background. The camera certainly picks up the orange somewhat! LOL. Just waiting for his face to dry then I can secure him in the frame and get him up on the wall.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2006/46757-orangeman5.jpg

Rosic
10-11-2006, 11:38 AM
Hip-Hip-Hooray SallyAnn... WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cmac
10-11-2006, 08:17 PM
SallyAnn - WOW - orange man looks fantastic!

Ujwala - vege oil will certainly cause problems (I think some even have antioxidants in them which would be a big problem).
When you are talking about turps, do you mean 'real' turps (the expensive stuff) or mineral turps? Mineral turps should be fine for cleaning brushes (with a soap wash after)
Bye the way Ujwala - how do you pronounce your name? Just curious.

I have done some more on my cello man, took some photos this morning but will upload them tonight.


Cheers
Chris

ujwala
10-12-2006, 12:40 AM
Chris : i'm still kicking myself over that one. i currently have some turpentine which i picked up at the hardware store for cleaning the brushes and turpenoid for painting. I also have a bottle of linseed oil. planning to reorganize the room so that everything is easily accessible. I've now put her away and am hoping to start the modigliani portrait later today. keeping my fingers crossed.

and my name would go something like Ooj-wala - somewhere between an "o" sound and a "oo" sound :D decided to put up an audio clip.
http://media.odeo.com//files/0/1/7/927017.mp3

Sally Ann : He looks wonderful! :clap: :clap: :clap: :thumbsup: and here's my sad version in cp. i've decided that cp would be the toughest medium for me in terms of sheer labour. i layered and i layered then i pressed down harder on the paper, then used the blender and then layered and layered. then gave up and scribbled and at the end of over an hour in two seperate sessions, this is what i had. just too funny. :evil: and my upper arm muscles are stiff now :lol: i've been reading over at the cp forum and hopefully i'll find something available locally to blend this one a bit more.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Oct-2006/43741-WIP_2.jpg

cmac
10-12-2006, 01:59 AM
Hi There

Here is the current state of my cello man. I need to rework the bow - I kept playing with it and kept making it worse.
Also, there is a bit more work required - obviously.

Ujwala - thanks for the pronunciation.
Also, good job with the pencils I reacon. I'm a bit scared of pencils - lots of work I think. My daughter (she's got a degree in Art and is a really good artist - I guess I'm biased) gave me some good pencils for my birthday and said I should try them. I guess I have to!

Which Modigliani are you going to do?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Oct-2006/89325-cello_man_1a.jpg

ujwala
10-12-2006, 02:32 AM
Chris : It's looking wonderful :clap::clap: i love the blues of his jacket and the expression on his face looking down. every time I look at one in oil and i just die a little bit of guilt. i'm thinking of making modigliani in his style. i did some preliminary studies at the very beginning of this project. very ambitious for a newbie i know but then i got nothing to lose ;)

just wanted to ask everyone - how do you use the reference? do you print it out or use the computer screen? i was planning to take modi's photograph to the store to get it printed out to use as a reference. I need to move quickly now as we will be off on a holiday to malaysia starting th 19th till the end of the month. and i really want to do his portrait before the month ends.

SallyAnn
10-12-2006, 08:42 AM
Ujwala- love your CP version.. nice and bright. And he has the right face! :D :clap: :clap: I have some coloured pencils and have had a few tries at different things but I too need to spend some time over at the CP forum. There are some fantastic CP artists over there, and tons of advice of course!

Chris - your cello man is getting better and better... fantastic job! :clap: :clap: Colours are wonderful. I know what you mean about the bow!;)

For most of my modi's (and a lot of other paintings), I have used a ref pic on the puter screen and sketched it directly onto the canvas. The latest ones I just propped my Modi book up on the table. Terribly professional eh? LOL Once I am happy with the basic outline I use the paint itself to correct any mistakes. If I can't fix them.. I just say oh well... and just enjoy myself.

cmac
10-12-2006, 01:54 PM
Ujwala and SallAnn - thanks for the comments.

Ujwala - regarding the reference. I think my weakest area is drawing so I have no confidence in creating the outline freehand. I make a printout and then trace onto the canvas. I have been looking for some drawing classes. I booked a course a week or so ago at the local polytech, but it was cancelled because they did not have enough people. The only other option in the next month or so was a watercolour course that covers composition etc so I have booked on that one. I hope it covers the initial sketching. The only other drawing courses available are figure drawing courses and I think they might be too much of a challenge for a nubee.

artbyjune
10-12-2006, 02:41 PM
SallyAnn, a really 'classy' orange man!! Congratulations. He will look marvellous on your wall.

Ujwala, a marvellous job with cp. The facial expression looks spot on...a hint of sadness.

Chris, what wonderful blues. You are doing a great job on the cellist.

Rosic
10-12-2006, 05:53 PM
Hi There

Here is the current state of my cello man.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Oct-2006/89325-cello_man_1a.jpg

This is coming along superbly... such a treat to view this! :thumbsup:
B

cmac
10-12-2006, 06:05 PM
Rosic and June - thanks for you comments
I have to say I'm quite pleased with it - I think when you are learning it is a great idea to 'copy' a master. There is so much to learn. :cool:

Rosic - I must also comment on your charcoal and chalk demo. It is fantastic. When I first browsed WetCanvas, it was one of the first things I saw. My thought was, wow, if only I could draw like that! I guess it was one of the main reasons I 'joined' WetCanvas. I thought, maybe I could learn to do that!

Rosic
10-12-2006, 06:19 PM
Rosic - I must also comment on your charcoal and chalk demo. It is fantastic. When I first browsed WetCanvas, it was one of the first things I saw. My thought was, wow, if only I could draw like that! I guess it was one of the main reasons I 'joined' WetCanvas. I thought, maybe I could learn to do that!
I'm blushing... thanks for such kind words... look at you now... hanging with Modigliani! ;) :thumbsup:

ujwala
10-12-2006, 11:34 PM
Sally Ann : I've posted the orange man over at the cp forum hoping to pick up some advice on blending :D In the past, I've used the computer to put up my reference photo but of late i've had the photo in hand or the object in front of me. One hassle with the computer was that it would go off to sleep periodically :p

Chris : i need to improve my drawing/sketching skills and have been lurking over at the drawing forum too. i'm hoping to start making some small sketch everyday to get my hand in. so many things on my ttd list :eek: right now my sketches look horrendous :evil: but i'm told that they will improve with time :p i dont know if you've checked it out but wetcanvas has a classroom forum with lessons from the beginning which you can do at your own pace.

June : I'd scribbled over the face with the blending pencil and lost all the sharpness of his features :lol: and his head is so much smaller than the rest of his body :D i didnt know how to manage with the 12 color pencils i had. why didnt i think of mixing brands! i have some crayolas too shall add them to this mix if i cant figure out how to blend it further.

Rosic : After b'fast I'm going hunting to find that charcoal and chalk demo that chris had mentioned :wave:

Havent started on modi as yet :mad:

ujwala
10-16-2006, 06:17 AM
Rosic : the demo is great :clap: :clap:

I've now decided to do the portrait with the photograph hosted by Rosic of modi sitting on a chair with Beatrice Hastings ( did a bit of research :p ) painting hanging on the wall. Have done a study on digital canvas for the colors.

Would love to get some input from you in terms of the colors to use. I know the vest should be of the same color as the jacket..... wondering whether to use a warmer color palette.

I've prepared a 24X30 canvas with 2 layers of ( gesso + acrylic sienna ) wanted a brighter shade for the background but it didnt happen :P thinking of doing another layer with burnt sienna oil and turpentine.

would really appreciate any advice comments that you can give.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Oct-2006/43741-modi_portrait_for_colors.jpg

ujwala
10-17-2006, 12:07 PM
reread my earlier note and realised that it looks as though it was addressed only to Rosic. :eek:

Sally Ann, Chris, June, Charles, Rosic - please do give me some advice on starting this painting
1. the second photograph that i've chosen - do you think this one with him sitting down in his studio is better?
2. your opinions on the colors i've selected to use.
3. any other advice that you think will help me in painting this.

we leave for malaysia tomorrow. and since the packing hasnt started, it is unlikely that i start this tomorrow. i'm hoping to work on this painting between the 27th to 31st once we return. And also hoping to see all the other modi's that you all make once i get back :wave:

artbyjune
10-17-2006, 01:00 PM
I rather like the photo colours as is, because the green cool background will recede and the warmer figure will come forward.

But its really up to you. It seems Modi sometimes used his colours the opposite way, i.e., warm (and lighter) in background and cooler (and/or darker) in foreground.

Looking forward to seeing it when its done. I like the painting of Beatrix on the wall. A lovely touch.

Me...no work on Modi till next week.

ujwala
10-17-2006, 01:27 PM
Thanks June for getting back so quickly. This is exactly what I was looking for. I'm glad you liked the colors and I like your reasoning :D Thank you :clap: :clap:

Beatrice's painting was up on the wall in his studio. I found another photograph of his studio with Paul Guillaume sitting on that very same chair and the same painting hanging on the wall.

The photograph that I'm using as a reference is the second b&w one put up by Rosic right at the beginning of the thread. I've put a copy below. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Oct-2006/43741-17108-moddy.jpg

Looking forward to seeing your Modi(s) once I get back. :wave:

cmac
10-18-2006, 05:24 PM
Ujwala - "Modi sitting in chair" - I like the colours you are using, and I think the composition is great, you have captured the 'caged' energy I think.
I think he must have been a very interesting character.

By the way - I have started on "Girl with Braids" - I hope to get it done quickly. I think I will then tackle "Sleepy nude with necklace".
Time is running out isn't it?

Rosic
10-19-2006, 08:32 AM
Ujwala... I love that photo of Modi and glad you chose it. It has so much character in it and it looks like your study is going to capture that character in his style. I look forward to seeing it completed.
Bernie

Thanks for the compliments on the demo...

artbyjune
10-23-2006, 11:23 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Oct-2006/11473-coct1wc1.jpg

Managed to squeeze in a quickie before the end of the MOM time. Portrait of John Cocteau- my version in an hour. 12 by 16 ins on canvas.

New in this painting for me...using large bristle brushes; used a bit of wet in wet mixing in the light blue (window?) on the left; didn't do a drawing beforehand.

It can be fixed up in parts that are a tad off...but I'm fairly happy with this first rush at it.

Rosic
10-23-2006, 12:48 PM
June... now that has CHARACTER! Love it!

cmac
10-23-2006, 06:52 PM
June - :clap: Looks great! Confirms the adage that a quick rendition is dynamic and lively.

Here is my latest, "Reclining Nude With Necklace". Probably about an hour as well - not finished though.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Oct-2006/89325-Reclining_Nude_with_Necklace_For_upload.jpg

I'm also half way through girl with braids, but havn't got a photo.

Chris

artbyjune
10-24-2006, 06:19 AM
Thanks Rosic and Chris. I touched his shoulders up a bit this morning. I'm calling it done.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Oct-2006/11473-coct2wc1.jpg

:wave:

artbyjune
10-24-2006, 06:23 AM
Hi Chris, I love your nude with necklace. Looking forward to the finish!!

SallyAnn
10-24-2006, 11:05 AM
Ujwala - hope you have a great holiday, can't wait to see your portrait of Modi. I like the colours too... :)

Chris - Your nude is coming along great.. you got tons done for only an hour! :clap:

June - Absolutely LOVE your "John" .. vibrant, loads of character... woooohoooooo :clap: :clap:

I was looking at our living room... *cough*, it now has 5 modis and 1 Chardin.. so... the Chardin is being moved, and I have just started the sketch for another Modi to go there (14X18) Portrait of a Woman 1918 .. hopefully will have some progress to post later today,even if its only the background. :D

SallyAnn
10-24-2006, 02:57 PM
Here is phase 1 :D

I think I will make the background more 'green' by just putting on a bit of a glaze or something later. Haven't done much detail as I decided to try and be more loose and try out one of my bristle brushes..eek

Face and neck, as usual, will be the last thing I do, so just threw on a bit of colour for now. :eek: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Oct-2006/46757-woman1918.jpg

artbyjune
10-24-2006, 03:00 PM
I like that striking red amongst the blue-grey, Sally Ann. Looks lovely.

cmac
10-24-2006, 03:08 PM
June - Fantastic :thumbsup:

SallyAnn - I know what you mean about bristle brushes but it certainly looks more 'together' than when I start.
About the reclining nude with necklace in 1 hour.. my daughter and I had a 'painting day' on Monday (Labour Day) so I was on a roll when I got to work on her - I had been working on a big landscape of the MacKenzie Country before that.

Thanks for your comments on the nude.

Chris

cmac
10-24-2006, 03:34 PM
SallyAnn - Where did you find the image of your 'Portrait of a Woman 1918' ?

Chris

SallyAnn
10-24-2006, 10:12 PM
Chris,
I was given the book "Modigliani - Beyond the Myth" that was on sale at the Ontario Art Gallery exhibition back in 2005. (I imagine the book is the same one sold everywhere the exhibition took place). There are loads more in there I would like to have a go at, but our apartment is starting to look like a shrine to Modi! LOL

Ahhhh.. the MacKenzie Country - will you be posting that on WC somewhere??? I would love to see it :D

June- yes the red really pops... can't wait to work on it some more, esp the face.

cmac
10-25-2006, 04:06 PM
SallyAnn - I must have a look at the library to see what I can find - thanks for the info. Regarding my MacKenzie Country landscape, I'm a newbee at WetCanvas - do you have any suggestions where would be the best place to post it?

Regards
Chris

SallyAnn
10-27-2006, 04:50 PM
Chris - there is a Landscape forum you could post in, and of course the Oils,"whats on your easel" thread, or just start your own thread.:D

So much for no more Modigliani's. :eek: While test driving our new wireless internet connection, hubby found another Modi we had not seen before.. so guess what's next? HAHAHAH! I just can't help myself. However, I am doing it the same size as the gentleman with the orange background to get a bit of a 'pair' thing happening.

ujwala
10-28-2006, 10:58 PM
Wow! been gone for a just a week and so much has happened. Great going :clap::clap:

Chris : that was very quick and the nude with necklace looks so very good. :clap: looking forward to seeing the girl with braids.

June : looks like a window and the blues in your Jean Cocteau looks great. are you working on another? :evil: :lol:

Sally Ann : On your 6th? It must be great having them all up like that. Your very own gallery. i like the portrait of a woman 1918 too. she's one of the prettier models and I love the red too. :D Waiting to see her completed and the surprise no.6 one too.

Bernie : are you coming back for the final run? :p

The holiday was great inspite of the haze in Kuala Lumpur. Returned 3 nights back and finally started on my Modi late last night. Phew! I thought it was never going to happen!! :evil:

I had a pale salmon colored canvas on which i sketched a drawing with thinned burnt sienna. I got my proportions messed up and colored over it. I now have a canvas with a thin but dark ( what i had wanted initially :D) coat of burnt sienna waiting for me to start again. :D I hope to put up at least the drawing later today. I'm sooo happy that I started.

artbyjune
10-29-2006, 12:20 AM
Welcome back Ujwala! Glad you had a good holiday. I could do with one myself. Good to hear you are back into your painting. I like a fairly dark ground too...mine's are usually on a kind of medium tone orange.

I'm not planning another before the end of the month; maybe in the future sometime. I did get a very nice book from the library which has a lot of Modi's I'd never seen before.

Sally Anne, I'd love to visit your home gallery! I've got my profile lady on my wall beside my TV, but I'm thinking I might put some glazes over it later to make the colours sing a bit more. The jean Cocteau will go on the wall when he's dry.

We will all have living rooms dedicated to Modigliani! What a hoot...

ujwala
10-29-2006, 04:42 AM
Mine are too small and on paper or digital and hence cannot go up so easily. I'm thinking if this one turns out well :evil: I'll put it up :p

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Oct-2006/43741-modi_studio_WIP_1.jpg

I'm messing up his head and maybe he is too broad? Also his head is too close to the edge. I know the head that I moved up has to move down a bit and i'm not sure that the size is proportionate. And the sides look empty :confused: Do you think i should start all over again?

Looking for all your comments and suggestions :D

SallyAnn
10-29-2006, 09:59 PM
Ujwala - welcome back.. !
Your modi looks good. Myself, I don't think his head is too broad. If anything, it needs to be widened on 'our' right. Other than that, his face in the photo appears to be straighter. So if you do that, it might not chop so much off his head. If it matters, just lower his shoulder (near beatrices painting) a bit and then his head will fit in just fine.

The sides...... well, under Beatrice its pretty bare.. just wood walls, so thats fine. On the other side looks a bit like a desk with some papers on.. but his floor is bare too, so don't worry about that either. I think it will look great!

Mine is almost dry enough to start working on her face and more detail. Hoping to do some tomorrow.

June - imagine a thread... home galleries........ this months inspiration.. Modi.. lol... I love mine.. and for me, it was that we moved back here to Canada with almost nothing, so I decided to try and paint some of my faves to cheer our apartment up a bit. Now though, its become like a shrine.. lmaoooo
But we like it.. and thats what counts I guess.

Almost the end of Oct and a new MOM thread coming up, but I will post my next one here for the hell of it... :D

:wave:

ujwala
10-29-2006, 10:13 PM
Thanks Sally Ann. I'm off to make a few corrections and put in my first layer of color :D

SallyAnn
10-29-2006, 10:57 PM
Ujwala - woohooooo can't wait to see your next post!

:D

artbyjune
10-30-2006, 01:55 PM
Hi Ujwala, good to see the progress. I think SallyAnne gave good advice. I'm looking forward to seeing the colour too!!

cmac
10-31-2006, 01:46 PM
Hi
Good to have you back Ujwala, hope you had a great holiday.
I also think SallyAnn got it right.
The way you have him gives him "Center Stage", and I think he was a person who filled that role!
I'm also waiting in eager anticipation for you next post.

The month is at an end (well 2 months actually) and I have yet to complete my Modi's. I was hoping to have them 'enshrined' :lol: on the wall by now.
This has been a wonderful experience for me. I did not even know of Modigliani before this, and now he is one of my favourites:D - makes me wonder how many other greats there are that I know nothing about:o

Hope to see your's too SallyAnn. By the way, I haven't posted my MacKenzie country landscape yet - I will soon

Cheers
Chris

ujwala
10-31-2006, 02:03 PM
Sally Ann, June and Chris: Had to put up a post on the last day. :D I've been dragging my feet. Sally Ann, thanks for the advice, i've put them into action :D The colors are not so good but I'll be working on them and will put up the final one when it's done. and of course i'll be back to check on all the updates you folks will be putting up. Thanks for the welcome it's great to be back even though for a short while on this post. I hope to bump into you'll in other posts/forums on wc.

Bernie : thank you very much for starting this particular thread, the wonderful write-ups and research. but most of all thank you for letting me bring in a bunch of other mediums in here. I've really enjoyed these two months of the MOM project immensely.

And thank you all for all the support and suggestions. :clap: :clap: The work you have put up has been beautiful and helped me learn a lot.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2006/43741-WIP2.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2006/43741-WIP3.jpg

artbyjune
10-31-2006, 02:09 PM
Your portrait of Modi looks really good so far. I love this pose. Nicely balanced for colour and shapes. I hope you post the final here. I think the thread will remain open as long as we are using it?

cmac
10-31-2006, 02:14 PM
Looking good Ujwala
I hope the thread stays open - still so much on the production line!

Rosic
10-31-2006, 02:37 PM
Bernie : are you coming back for the final run? :p

I've had a blast with Modi and you guys...:clap: ... probably a cheerleader from this point on. I have been painting like crazy lately though... mostly small plein air stuff... still need to finish Livie's portrait. :eek:
Bern

Rosic
10-31-2006, 02:40 PM
Bernie : thank you very much for starting this particular thread, the wonderful write-ups and research. but most of all thank you for letting me bring in a bunch of other mediums in here. I've really enjoyed these two months of the MOM project immensely.

Thank you for supplying all the eye candy! :thumbsup:

Rosic
10-31-2006, 02:41 PM
Looking good Ujwala
I hope the thread stays open - still so much on the production line!
It's open as long as you guys want... after today we'll find it in the Working from the Masters sub forum though...

cmac
10-31-2006, 02:53 PM
Hi Bernie

I would like to support Ujwala's comments. Thanks very much for moderating this thread - it has been fantastic
and...
SallyAnn, Ujwala, June (anyone else??) thanks you so much for your 'company' - I'll try and keep track of your works. I'm definitely hooked on WetCanvas.

Bye the way, does anyone know if you can 'follow' a particular person's posts by adding to favourites (or similar)?

Chris

Rosic
10-31-2006, 03:30 PM
Hi Bernie

I would like to support Ujwala's comments. Thanks very much for moderating this thread - it has been fantastic
and...
SallyAnn, Ujwala, June (anyone else??) thanks you so much for your 'company' - I'll try and keep track of your works. I'm definitely hooked on WetCanvas.

Bye the way, does anyone know if you can 'follow' a particular person's posts by adding to favourites (or similar)?

Chris
The pleasure has been mine to work with such GREAT artists and all around "Good" people... thanks Chris.

As a mod I should know the answer to your question but don't...:eek: If I find out something I'll let you know.
Bern

SallyAnn
10-31-2006, 06:33 PM
Just a quick note while checking on dinner.. lol

Ujwala... looking great! The changes you made look good, so can't wait to see the next update. I agree that he was such a 'character' that he really doesn't need much other than himself in his painting :D

Also have to say, as a totally Modi addicted painter, I have really enjoyed this thread too. Thanks for all your hard work Bernie ! :D

I still have to get onto mine and also want to start on the Jeanne portrait, so I will be posting here for some time!

Ujwala, June, Chris and of course Bernie, it has been so loads of fun sharing this particular MOM with you all. For so few, we managed a fair few pages eh!?

My next mission is going to have to be to get my hands on the DVD Modi movie, starring Andy Garcia. I saw some stills on line... so now it's on my must have list. (nothing to do with yummy Andy of course! (heheh)

Hopefully will have something to post later tomorrow.

ujwala
11-02-2006, 01:25 PM
Sally Ann, Chris, June : Hope you guys are still around. Took a break yesterday. Actually I was stuck because I didnt have Burnt Umber. Surfed today and found that I could mix Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna. The problems of being a newbie :D

Here's my next step. I've lightened the background and am working on his clothes and background leaving the face for the last as Modi seems to have really concentrated on those and painted them a bit differently. Comments, suggestions always welcome.

Looking forward to seeing your work. I've decided to stick my neck out a bit and have joined the Annual Portrait swap here on WC! Keep your fingers crossed for me :P

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Nov-2006/43741-DSCN3080.jpg

artbyjune
11-02-2006, 05:04 PM
Its coming along really well Ujwala. And I love the red floor!! I'm a bit busy painting big cats at the moment...but I may do another Modi when I've time.

This has been a great thread everyone!! I've enjoyed it and the company very much. keep up the good work and hopefully I'll see some of your work on other threads and projects...

SallyAnn
11-02-2006, 11:35 PM
Ujwala - looking good !!!!! So many ideas on how Modi painted, but right or wrong, I tend to agree that he painted their clothes and backgrounds loosely and spent errm.. a few more minutes.. lol.. on the faces.

I finished my smaller painting late today, but was too dark to take a pic, so will get one tomorrow morning... then its on to the next one...... *rolling eyes at my addiction to his work*. I got two canvas boards, so one is for a modi, and the other one is for something different.. hahah.. (that's what I say now!)

June, not sure if I mentioned I had browsed your website.. but I LOVED IT !!!!!!!! :clap: :thumbsup: :clap:

PS. Ujwala.. I did one of the portrait swaps a few years back.. it was fun.. I may check it out this year.. see if i have improved! Will look for your work. :D

SallyAnn
11-03-2006, 11:54 AM
Well here is my latest. 14 x 18". Now where can I hang it? LOL !

Cheers
Sallyhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Nov-2006/46757-blue_modi.jpg

ujwala
11-05-2006, 07:25 AM
June : heh! heh! I havent done the floor as yet :D I hope that work on the cats is going well.

Sally Ann : This looks gorgeous! Brings the count to 7? And that's the blue that i was trying to get for my background too. Any tips on color combination for a future modi?

I'm dreading the skin stage and so havent worked on it for a few days all the while pretending that i was waiting for it to dry :P And now that it is dry and i'm running out of excuses I hope to be back here soon with an update.

And another q, I think each of us has worked on more than one modi - which is your favourite from amongst the ones you made? mine is still the man with the yellow background.

artbyjune
11-05-2006, 12:34 PM
Hi,
well that's a bonus, Ujwala...you can leave the floor red!! No need to do much more to that area, it works.

Sally Anne, I love this last one of yours. I like the way the eyes are full of expression and stare right at us. I don't think I've got a print of the original of this one in my books...need to look.

I've seen another good one I'd like to do some time...a portrait of Beatrice Hastings with a great hat on!!

Glad you had a look thru my site SallyAnn. I am between 2 styles at the moment...contemporary and realistic. I do the realism mainly for commissions. The contemporary seems mainly for myself. A developing style...I hope so.

Ujwala, my big cat studies are coming along well. Its a commission work so I have to follow my clients specifications. Luckily, very enjoyable to do. I'm just feeling my way into it with some small acrylics. Then I'll tackle the final large painting...well, not very large, just 12 by 16ins. I call that large tho.

The portrait project sounds like fun. Is it beginning now or in the New Year?? Is it in portraits forum or oils?? And have you got a link to it....

I don't know if I have a favourite amongst the Modis I have done. I think maybe the Jean Cocteau came out best.

artbyjune
11-05-2006, 12:44 PM
I visited your site Sally Anne. I am a bit slow in getting around to visiting everyone's sites. But I will get there in the end.

I loved your animals and pets. The dog, Mac, is so soulful. What a great expression he has.

And I see you are ahead of me, having done a couple of big cat portraits, which are gorgeous. Mine's will probably be in acrylics, but I think oils might give a better result.

I love the copies of Rosina Wachtmeister...I never saw her work before. Great cats.

ujwala
11-05-2006, 09:44 PM
June : The portrait project sounds like fun. Is it beginning now or in the New Year?? Is it in portraits forum or oils?? And have you got a link to it....
I missed participating last year. The event sign up started end of October and the pairs were announced on Nov 1. A lot of folks have almost finished working on the portraits! I'm sure you wont be surprised to hear that I have yet to start lol My partner Lynn had done a fabulous job on mine. here's the link.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5088244#post5088244

June : I've seen another good one I'd like to do some time...a portrait of Beatrice Hastings with a great hat on!!
I think Modigliani liked that particular one of Beatrice Hastings as you can see it hanging on the wall in his studio. Looking foward to seeing yours.

I've got my new excuse to delay the Modi further :evil: - the portrait thread.

SallyAnn
11-06-2006, 10:35 AM
June - thanks for the compliments on my site. I am slowly going through and taking pics with the new camera in an attempt to get them looking better.

I love Rosina Wachtmeister. I used to have some framed prints but sold them when I came to Canada. There are several more of hers I wouldn't mind having! "Mac" the dog, was one I painted about 3 years ago. It was my mums dog of 16 years. He was so riddled with cancer and problems they had to have him put down. I wanted to paint him when he was the crazy dog we remember. And yes, his eyes were very soulful. When I sent it to my mum she couldn't look at it for about 6 months, she was so upset. But now its hanging in their home and she loves it.

Will be interested to see your 'big cats'. I found both very hard. The tiger took me 20 hours and is only a small painting. I still haven't got the hang of painting fur, but would like to try again at some stage.

I too love the Beatrice Hastings painting. Can't wait to see yours. I am hoping to start on my last one today.. well at least sketch it. Including this one, I will then have 11 modis... lololol... not all of them are big ones. I am not sure which one is my favourite..but I do like the draped nude now it's hanging on the wall. Attached a pic of the one I am going to do next.. it might become my fave.. hahahah

Ujwala - I saw your portrait in the swap thread... its fabulous! I was too late to join this one but would have liked to have done one to see if I have improved.

As for the 'blue' background. It was mostly white with paynes grey and just a bit of cerulean blue and french ultramarine. I added a bit of van gogh 'yellowish green' over the top to tone down the blue a bit. I love experimenting.. lol

I too find the skin on modi's a bit daunting. In some of the photos they look almost dirty! I usually experiment a lot with that too. (Can you tell I have no formal training.. lol)

Happy painting .... will check back from time to time to see what's updated.

:wave:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2006/46757-JHhat.jpg

ujwala
11-06-2006, 10:46 AM
Sally Ann : just a quick note to let you know that I hadnt seen this one either and she looks wonderful. I'm looking forward to seeing your take.

on Portrait thread - i love what Lynn's painted and i'm looking forward to hanging it up once i get it. cant believe the speed at which the work is being finished and the quality is unbelievable. they're finishing even before I've started and not even a week is up! :lol: the tension now is to make a decent portrait of Lynn's. :eek:

hope to be happily painting too soon.

SallyAnn
11-30-2006, 10:33 PM
Wow.. its been a while! What with immigration, and getting things ready to post for Xmas overseas, I haven't spent much time painting.

Attached pic is how far I am with the Modi... did some of the background over two days.. still want to add more colour once this is dry. I got fed up looking at the pic on the computer, so am going to just go roughly with his colour scheme.
Took this pic today, but it's been dull and dark.. so its not very bright.

:wave:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Nov-2006/46757-jeanneandhat.jpg

artbyjune
12-01-2006, 02:55 AM
Its looking good, Sallyanne.

As far as the big cats go, I have started on a composition for my customer but it needs a few tweeks and then I'll post it in the animal or the acrylics forum.

I'm following the Italian Renaissance workshop and I've done one painting in egg tempera which is a portrait of a girl by Botticelli. I felt it had similarities to the profile painting by Modigliani of Jeanne (with the big hairdo) which I did earlier. I could see that he came from the Italian classical tradition although modern in approach.

Hoofmama
01-12-2007, 05:32 PM
I'm trying to find the MOMs for 2007. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I'm just a speed bump on the info highway :(

artbyjune
01-27-2007, 02:58 PM
I've been looking too but can't find them. Are they running this year?

ujwala
01-27-2007, 09:33 PM
Hi June and Hoofmama,

they're working on Henry Matisse for Jan/Feb '07
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=391526

it doesnt seem to have got posted to the Painting Masters subforum as yet.

Ujwala

artbyjune
01-28-2007, 07:27 AM
Many thanks for the link Ujwala. I'm going to join in. Are you?

ujwala
01-28-2007, 08:13 AM
Hi June,

I've been toying with the idea ever since I came across the link a few days ago. Not sure though as a month is already over. What about you?

artbyjune
01-29-2007, 01:53 AM
I think I will do one small 'simple' one. I don't think anyone has posted work to the thread yet anyway. maybe it was late starting?