Friday, October 30, 2009

Towards Siena Oil Painting

Cari Amici (Dear Friends),

"Towards Siena"
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.

More resources:
Italian Portrait Painting In The Sixteenth Century

Florentine School, mid Sixteenth Century: Portrait of a Young Man

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Anonymous said...

Very Interesting and thought provoking.
Keep it flowing.
Best Wishes.
Gene P.

Jo Castillo said...

This is very interesting. I love the complements and texture in this. Hope the show is fantastic!

Andrew said...

Looking over the the subject's shoulder makes this very engaging, like I am right there.

Kelly Borsheim said...

Thank you all for such a variety of comments. He goes to Indianapolis with me for my art reception there soon.

And I am SO lovin' clouds!


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