Today's portrait subject is Ryan, younger brother of Taylor. Both portraits were painted from photos. A cool aspect of these portraits is that the brothers photographed each other. They look at you, the viewer, but also at each other. I hope, in years to come, they look at these portraits and remember that moment. Unlike the reference photos, these paintings will endure.
|Ryan in Suspension, 16 x 12", Oil on linen|
Below is the progression, click to enlarge. If you follow this blog, you've seen enough of these to know how it goes. If you are new here, see earlier progressions with step-by-step explanations here, here, and here.
Regarding artistic inspiration...
I'm always interested to know about artist's inspirations. Referral to favorite artworks is a time-honored method of learning and artistic problem-solving. Standing on the shoulders of giants. I always have images clipped on my easel for inspiration. A year ago, they were often by Zorn, Sargent, Sorolla, or Rembrandt. At the moment, they tend towards Serov, Repin, Velasquez, and Annigoni.
For "Ryan in Suspension", inspiration came from "Mr. Rydy" by the Florentine artist, Pietro Annigoni. My work pales by comparison, but that's motivating. I intend to paint some upcoming portraits in this general direction.
|Mr. Rydy, size unknown, oil on canvas, circa 1950.|
Annigoni nurtured the traditions of classical realism in Italy during a time when realism was considered passé. Of course, many appreciated his gifts, and he produced numerous and powerful portraits, as part of his very extensive body of work.
Below is another of his distinct, psychological portraits. Beautiful draftsmanship. There is a surprising lack of printed material on Annigoni's work. The painting below is from a large-format Chinese book on his portraits, which I purchased from Gallery Nucleus. The print quality in this book is good, and it's reasonably priced. To view more of Annigoni's works, visit ArtRenewal.com, MuseumSyndicate.com or Gandy Gallery. Enjoy.
|Portrait of a Woman, oil on canvas, 20x16", 1951|