Friday, October 30, 2009
Towards Siena Oil Painting
Cari Amici (Dear Friends),
oil on board
24" x 16"
copyright 2009 by Kelly Borsheim
As you can see, I ended up making different choices than what I shared with your on my last post about brainstorming. However, you may observe that the basic design as far as where the light goes is still there.
While I was creating a landscape inspired by Siena, Italy, it occurred to me that I was probably subliminally influenced by a lot of traditional Italian portraits, including the "Mona Lisa." Except that in this case, I have the subject of the portrait looking away from the viewer and towards the landscape. I wondered if some day after I am long gone, some critic will dig up this painting somewhere and claim that I was making some sort of statement or something. Maybe I should just proclaim right now that I had this very intent and be done with it!
“Towards Siena” will debut in Indianapolis after I arrive for my presentation about my life as an Italian street painter and the next night, for an art reception. Both events occur at the Franklin Barry Gallery on Massachusetts Avenue (Mass Ave, the locals call her).
Feel free to add your honest comments or crits. Creation is always a process and there are many other choices that could have been made. (But I am quite happy with this effort.) Thank you.
Italian Portrait Painting In The Sixteenth Century
Florentine School, mid Sixteenth Century: Portrait of a Young Man
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