A Naiad Pt. 1

Posted by on Mar 29, 2009 in Jimbob's Eclectic Mix | 4 comments

Well, this is my first post as I set out trying to (hopefully) do a decent job at reproducing John William Waterhouse’s painting from 1893 (not 1905 as reported at www.jwwaterhouse.com) ‘A Naiad’. And here’s the reason why: my current project in college is doing portraits and figures and we had to choose three artists who did work we admired and do, as a final piece, a self-portrait in the style of one of the artists. Never needing a second invitation to have anything to do him, I chose Waterhouse. As Waterhouse was my chosen artist, rather than do a straight-forward self-portrait, I decided to try and do an image that was inspired by some narrative or other as many Pre-Raphaelite artists usually did. I did think of doing something from Homer’s Odessey as Waterhouse had done before but plumped for an old Scottish ballad/folktale called Tam Lin. Below is a summary of the tale I found at this website which has all the info you would need if you wanted to know more about Tam Lin: “The woods of Carterhaugh are guarded by Tam Lin, a man who demands payment of all maidens who pass through, in the form of a belonging or their virginity. A maiden named Janet travels to Carterhaugh and picks a rose, causing Tam Lin to appear. He questions her presence, to which she relies that Carterhaugh is rightfully hers. She then travels to her fathers house where she exhibits the early signs of pregnancy, much to the concern of the household. She states that her lover is elven, and then returns to Carterhaugh, once again encountering Tam Lin. He reveals he is not elven, but a mortal captured by the queen of Faeries, and that he may be sacrificied to hell as part of the faerie tithe. He then details how she can save him to be her mate, if she will undergo a trial on Halloween night. She must pull him from his horse as the faeries process through the woods, and hold onto him as he is transformed into various beasts, then plunge him into a well when he turns into a brand of fire. When he regains his own naked shape she must cover him with her green mantle and he will be free. She does all of this, much to the anger of the watching Queen of faeries.” It’s the moment when Tam Lin (who, I hasten to add, will be modelled on me to satisfy the self-portrait part of the project) appears just after Janet has plucked the rose that I wanted to paint. I’ve done a number of small studies with some of the ideas I’ve had. As a precursor to doing this piece of work I decided to try and do a Waterhouse painting and hopefully learn something along the way in the hope of being able to emulate his style for my final piece. I didn’t have to think for long about which of his works to paint as I’d already decided months before (after having a stab at Fair Rosamund) that it’s a picture I would like to have a go at (being A Naiad). To get the maximum impact from doing said picture I would have to do something I’d never done before and that was use oils on canvas and when I found out that my college actually made canvases for students to any size they want, I wasted no time in putting in an order for one that was 50 x 26 inches (the size of the original). I was excited...

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Sleeping With A Naiad

Posted by on Mar 8, 2009 in Jimbob's Eclectic Mix | 0 comments

Well, I can but dream. But seriously folks……I’m doing a reproduction of A Naiad‘ by John Waterhouse. It’s part of my current college project on portraits and figures. We had to choose two or three artists whom to study so, given any opportunity, I made Waterhouse one of them. I wanted to do A Naiad anyway after doing Fair Rosamund so it seemed a good time to start it. This is going to be my most ambitious reproduction of one of his paintings so far as I’m doing it on canvas that has been cut to the size of the original (I’m so pleased to find out that my college provides this service for students!) which is 50 x 26 inches. I’m also going to do it in oils which is a medium I’ve hardly used since I did Waterhouse’s Ophelia about 15 yerars ago (and made a mess of it). I’m doing it for two reasons: One, because I really want to learn something from doing it and hopefully be a little better for having done it and two, because there is little I enjoy more. Trying to re-create something as beautiful as A Naiad is just simply a thrill and heightens my days no end. A Naiad I’ll stick some photo’s up as I go along. I’ve primed the canvas and pretty much drawn in what I need. As there is little space in my front room to put it while I’m not working on it, it’s ended up along the side of my bed. I have to say, waking up next to a Naiad is no bad thing See ya,...

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