St. Guinefort the Greyhound. Revisited.
This is about 1,000 times better than the version I posted the other day. IMHO, this is another moment of hitting my stride.
Only trouble is that “my stride” seems to involve one of the slowest, most blindingly tedious mediums in all artdom: colored pencil.
Technically, this is mixed media, but mostly colored pencil, which means mostly hours spent scribbling layer upon layer to build up nuanced color and to fill spaces that a paintbrush could knock out in seconds. Most other artwork I’ve posted has taken two or three hours. This required the better part of two days.
Still, on this one I see only a few things I’d change. So I’m happy. Besides, I secretly like working with colored pencil, so even the tedium is fine.
The tech details: St. Guinefort, Revisited: 6″x8″, mixed media on cream-colored Stonehenge paper. (Underpainting of Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus watercolors, underdrawing of graphite pencil, colored pencil, areas overpainted with metallic gold acrylic and Pearl-Ex)
Oh. And don’t point out that there probably weren’t any green rattlesnakes in 13th century France. You do and I’ll whip out my Official Artistic License to prove I’m authorized to paint that snake any way I want it. Same deal applies should you happen to notice that the greyhound is both behind and in front of the “frame.” Deliberate choice for a change. Not a mistake. He’s a saint! He’s magical! He can do what he wants. Besides, religious art exists to depict the impossible.