Thoughts and images from an eccentric and somewhat reclusive artist
Saturday, May 23, 2015
New Painting: Vitruvian Troll
Continuing with my
using dolls and toys as subjects, my model for this painting is a troll
doll. It is special to me because I had a couple as a teen.
Wish I still had them (my favourite had white and grey hair). They would be worth a bit of money now.
Leonardo DaVinci is
one of my favourite artists. I love the style and beauty of his work.
His Vitruvian Man drawing is nearly as well known as the Mona Lisa.
It demonstrates the symmetry and proportions of the human body.
But, as we all know too well that there are many sizes and proportions of people. Some
of us are shorter... and stubbier... a bit more like a troll doll than
A few years ago, I
did a Vitruvian Troll on walnut tinted paper using walnut ink and
colored pencils for the drawing. It was accepted into the Student
Art Exhibit at Western Oregon University and I was quite pleased that
it was purchased by the husband of one of my art professors.
I had planned to recreate it as a painting and began doing so a few months
ago. (I have been working on a few paintings at a time.) Today it
is finished! Since I signed the original drawing backwards to mimic
DaVinci, I did the same on this painting.
Vitruvian Troll is an oil
painting on acrylic background, on 12” x16” gallery wrapped canvas.
The edges are brown acrylic to match the painting and the 'antiquing'
on the front is oil.