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    Ricardo Robles-Thanks
    ALEXANDRE da Vinci- Cheers friend!
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    Gogidolim- Its good to 'pull your punches' sometimes but sometimes its good to 'blitz' as well. I was and am still really inspired by the work of Rubens, they're real busy works, I think its good to have both the busy and the quiet.

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    Hi

    Here are two finished works both were painted from life in the studio using a tungsten with a blue gel and my studio has some incandescent lights which I try to lessen their light with hanginging sheets etc.

    I started them with charcoal and moved onto a colour wash, before embarking on opaque form painting. I went and did some plein air studies to put the background landscapes, and also did studies of hands etc.


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    Awesome!! Fantastic sense of form Z! Love the earring, buttons and leather purse. Your attention to the details within the visual field is very refreshing. Inspiring work!

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    Thank you for showing these to us. They are trule nice portraits! - G

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    Its been a while since I've posted anything. Besides looking after my family I've managed to do research and paintings of characters from classical mythology. Myths and charcaters of particular interest have been the "Abduction of Persephone" & the blind soothsayer "Tiresias".

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    Haven't logged into these boards for a while but this is worth it. Killer work Z!! Thanks for the bigger photo's too. The dress, plastic bag, foreground are stunning, giving me a bit of a headache.. Figures are great. Possibly the best representation of human form and structure I've seen on these forums.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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    I dig the mix of modern persons, personified as mythological figures,
    specially on tiresias because the portrait is so bucolic with the kind of english landscape and the rod yet the guy is with those hawaiian pants and sandals the contrast is very interesting

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    great work here, i cant stop looking at that plastic bag.... super

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    Awesome work. I agree, the work on that bag / dress / pink 'shawl' is nuts! Truly have patience.

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    Wow, excelent work. Thanks for posting!

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    Beautiful oils. Wish I lived in NZ even more now! Maybe you could do some online tutorials?

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    Very stunning oil work, the dress on the "Abduction of Persephone" is just jaw dropping. You can really see the time and patience you have in your very skillfully executed work.

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    these are fantastic! persphone reminds me of The Storm by PA Cot, one of my favourites, but with a cool mdern twist. love it!

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    Art Addict: Thanks Tom. I was able to get some hi-rez images. And yes these works did give me a headache!

    F1x: Thanks. Allegory really interests me.

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    Thegrayslayer: Cheers. The dress probably took the longest out of all of the fabrics as I had to deal with marrying the pattern to the sketch of the figure I had previously sketched-in

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    Zimfin: Thanks Scott. I really like your illustrations on your website. I'll give online tutorials some thought and let you know when I've sorted something out

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    Amazing work with color! Thanks for showing them!

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    Simply amazing. Thanks for posting your work.

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    Wow, what an incredible thread, a rare pleasure.

    I especially enjoyed your last two pieces.
    I am curious about something though. I know you are too solid to make mistakes, so I must assume it was deliberate choices;
    Why are the hands of Persephone so large as compared to her head, and why are Tiresias' feet so long?

    Those are the only two things that jumped out to me and made me wonder.

    Can't wait to see more, and be inspired further.

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    im amazed at how 3d you make your work look especially the first nude figure. thanks for sharing Zarahn.

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    Guzboroda: Thanks. I like your illustration.

    Jimshred:Thanks.

    Pavel Sokov: Thanks for your query. From time to time when painting from a life model a pose or body type challenges my preconceived conception of what a person should look like. Instead of changing a peculiarity I instead go with it and put aside idealism and other preconceived approaches to proportion or beauty. I want my figures to appear how they look to me. As in "Persephone" sometimes these peculiarities aid in enhancing the impact of action and gestural intent of a given pose. With the "Tiresias" painting you may notice the long length of the models arm, this is an example of an underlying matrix of proportion of the life model that worked for the painting. His long feet are another aspect of this underlying matrix of proportion. Nature is a strange thing.

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    These are great! Your research and technique really shines through! Very life like

    Please Sir, I'd like some more.

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    Wow. Just wow. Absolutely amazing work. Blown away

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    Tena koe, awesome work. You have become a great ambassador for maori art in New Zealand, combining traditional and contemporary aspects of our culture in pieces that are both inspiring and aesthetically pleasing to the eye - even in a piece such as Colossus!

    Great to see your work on 60 Minutes last Sunday in the collection of Sir James Wallace, an earlier self portrait from maybe 10 years ago (?), though blink and you'll miss it.

    I recognise Mt Wellington in Persephone - do you sketch with the model at the site (can't tell from the angle where it would have been), or sketch them both separately?

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    rseward: Cheers

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    Kawana: Kia ora . I worked once or twice a week over six months from the life model at my studio. Between other projects and the times she wasn't there I worked the bag, dress, fabric & the background was painted using imagination and sketches.

    I have drawings & plein-air studies - done on site on the extinct volcanic cones we have dotted in and around Auckland- these sketches aid in helping to create interesting terrains as well as helping me visualize light, atmosphere & colour. I don't like to leave it to long before working on the painting back at the studio; I like to have the sketch as well as the atmosphere and feeling still fresh in my memory before working on a specific area of the painting in the studio.

    The landscape backgrounds are more like a mosaic of different landscapes sewn together to give the illusion of one place. Both the figure and the background are completed in stages.

    I prefer to have an area worked out properly both in my mind and on the canvas- whether with a wash-in or full oil paint - before embarking any further. If I'm not sure how to address an area I just leave it blank until I am in the right frame of mind.

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    An exceptional painter. Thank you for sharing your works.

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