Sunday, December 26, 2010

Kaspar Hauser

Well it's time to finish off the paintings that I'm going to finish and file away the ones that I'm never going to! In a bid to speed this up I've been painting some small watercolours (rare for me) of painting ideas that won't (for various reasons) make it to oil-on-canvas.

This is called The First Emergence of Kaspar Hauser, and is about emergence, psychological and (in Kaspar's case) literal. It was inspired by the film of similar name about Kaspar, a German man who claimed to have grown up entirely in a windowless cell (or something like it). The picture shows a future of sorts, a reflection (inner) of angelic glory and happiness on one hand, and sadness on the other, perhaps of not being able to make it, and thus insecurity. That was the original idea anyway.

I've painted this about five times and it never matches the perfection of the idea sketch (above). It's so hard to translate those flurries of the brush or pencil, but this is the closest. It seems that the best way to do it is to move slowly and carefully, not with a flourish.

The colours are olive green, raw sienna, and black. I think I'd benefit from a sepia.


John Salmon. said...

You've got some nice gradations going on there Mark.

I really must get back to painting again. My love hate relationship with painting has become more hate, hate lately. So many distractions.

Sheila said...

oooo Mark. Methinks you are a little too hard on yourself. At first glance, I thought 'how wonderful and dreamlike this image is'. I could easily be drawn and lost in its imagery. I admire you're tenacity in doing this painting five time in attempt to capture what you felt you had in the sketch. I think the sketch has a wonderful playful quality but the tones of the paint really has a lovely ethereal feel.

-Don said...

I have a feeling that you will revisit this sometime in the future. You have so much invested into it that I imagine one day you'll be working on something else and the 'answers' to this one will suddenly present themselves.

I really like the way you used the spiraling, smoky shapes to create the colossus in the distance and used those same spiraling shapes, more defined, for the figure in the foreground.


Mark Sheeky said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. Tush John, start to like painting again by analysing why you do it!

I think I like the unsized side of the paper best. Perhaps I'll stick to one colour until I'm truly comfortable with this medium.