Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hercules begun

Yesterday I spent time revising the figure group in Cranach's 'Hercules at the Court of Omphale'. My renewed interest in the period and my love for Cranach took me back to this piece. The arrangement of figure groups, the pictorial forms created in medieval paintings is very powerful, I want here to draw on that heritage and translate it as well as I can into the present moment.
This is a few colours laid in as a base, I have two or three pencil drawings to guide me when the painting begins in earnest.

Hans Cranach 1537