If you are curious as to why I have a photo of a cathedral, let me explain. I did consider becoming an architect before I went into fashion design. Currently, my love for architecture has me engulfed in the book "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. I am reminded of my wonderful trip to Italy a few years ago with all the amazing sites in the Medieval towns. Then, I was swept back in time by the architecture. Now the book is having a similar effect.
It is a historical novel about the construction of a cathedral in Medieval England. The characters are loving, ambitious, flawed, rebellious, and grotesque. But for me, the most important character is the cathedral. I am upset with every setback in construction and invested in whether the building is completed or not. In the book Jack, the master builder who dreams of building the most beautiful cathedral, is inspired by the pointed arches of Saint Denis.
Before Saint Denis, all arches where a domed half circle and churches were dark with massive walls. Imagine the amazed reaction when this cathedral was first constructed. This innovation so radically changed how cathedrals were built and how they looked that it influenced everything that came after it. The walls could now hold large windows that allowed the inside of the church to be light and open. Stain glass was added which enhanced the magical effect. The height of the cathedral seemed to reach to heaven.
After Saint Denis was built, these new ideas sped throughout Europe and were used to build even more magnificent structures culminating in Notre Dame de Paris and Chartres Cathedral.
In my prvious blog post I wrote about the Mian Situ demonstration. This is the final chapter and Mian completes the portrait.
Mian Situ is one of only a few artists who achieve master status when they are alive. I have admired his work at the Masters of the American West Exhibition at the Autry Museum and at the Gold Medal Show for the California Art Club so I was very fortunate to be able to attend a portrait demo by Mian last weekend through the CAC.
Mian continued to apply the colors to the face and then began to work in the details of the eyes and mouth. Above he is creating the shadows around the eyes. Even with only forty minutes to paint he managed to achieve a remarkable level of detail.
With a palette knife, Mian applied the background forming interesting shapes that hinted at the wallpaper. He carved into the hair color with the neutral colors while allowing the background to be the positive space.
With fine brushes Mian worked on the details of the face. He captured the subtle nuances of the mouth and eyes. The portrait was nearly complete.
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I have admired Mian Situ's painting both at the Gold Medal Show for the California Art Club and at the Masters of the American West Exhibition at the Autry Museum so when the CAC scheduled a portrait demo with him I jumped at the chance. It involved four 20 minute poses with a model. Above is his initial sketch and the model he was painting.
Mian was quick to block in the massed and was soon adding the lighter colors on the face.
Portrait at the first break
Starting on details
I hope you will come back to see the final two segments of this demonstration by Mian Situ in tomorrows post.