From Sunday 24th February the Royal Queensland Art Society is hosting an exhibition of work done in their life drawing sessions. These are my contributions. This is in addition to their usual monthly show, this time themed “Fakes and Frauds”. The gallery is at 25 Broadbeach Boulevard, Broadbeach (next to the Broadbeach Surf Lifesaving Club) and it’s open from 11-3 weekdays and 9-5 weekends. If you are wondering why I have three naked ladies and only one man, it’s because we very rarely get a male model. Nothing to do with my preferences.
All the works are for sale, by the way — a very reasonable $40.00 each for the graphite sketches (mounted on black matt board) and $80.00 each for the pen sketches, which are attractively framed.
This is another painting I’ve done for the local art society show themed “Fakes and Frauds”. I love the serene, enigmatic nudes of Alex Basanoff and his work just cried out to me – “paint me again!”. I feel there is a lot to take away from his work. The sharply defined shadow, the glowing light areas and the black background remind me of Georges de la Tour. Influence flows like a river from one artist to another, enriching as it goes.
I had another productive Sunday painting with Erna last weekend. This painting is from a photograph I took on an early morning walk at Port Macquarie. Looking into the sun doesn’t make for a very good photograph, but in paint the light and sea mist look more convincing, I think.
Here is painting 15/100 for 2013. The story of Leucothea is a very interesting one. She was once a mortal woman named Ino, sister of Semele who became a lover of Zeus. Semele died when Zeus revealed his true nature to her, (at Hera’s hidden instigation, but that’s another story). The baby Semele was carrying, who was to become the god Dionysus, was saved by Zeus, who completed the infant’s gestation by sewing him up in his thigh. The baby was given to Ino to raise, but Hera was still on the case and sent Ino’s husband into a murderous rage. Ino’s husband killed their elder son and Ino fled with her younger child, leaping off a cliff into the sea. There she became Leucothea, a sea goddess, who aided sailors in times of distress. She saved Odysseus after Poseidon had destroyed his raft by wrapping him in her bouyant white shawl.