Friday, January 20, 2012

Troubadours

Harmonic sounds

This painting was completed yesterday. It is satisfying to bring a piece to a state that I feel is conclusion. It has been slowly developed over a month or so from a neglected charcoal drawing that came to light while I searched for something else. The painting is oil on canvas and slightly bigger than A3.
Troubadours were French wandering minstrels from the 11th - 13thC, singer songwriters of a past age who wrote complex pieces of courtly love. The three figures here, while rustic in a way, show a formal quality in their stance.
This gentle harmony of colour and composition is pleasing, it carries a sense of contentment, that is in itself attractive to me.

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