Thursday, October 2, 2014

Bluebird on Corinthian capital from the Metropolitan Museum of Art - oil painting

"At The MET"

I recently finished up this "oil painting" that was inspired by my visit to the "Metropolitan Museum of Art" in New York.   One of my favorite galleries in the museum was the gallery of European Sculptures.  Some of the highlights I enjoyed were the Italian Renaissance and French 18th century sculptures.  The Greek and Roman galleries are full of classical art with objects from small engraved gemstones to over-lifesize statues.

I took a lot of photographs for painting reference ....  and this "Roman" pilaster capital caught my eye for a painting.  This capital was once set against a wall.  It is dated from the 1st half of the 1st century A.D.

Scroll Down to see this painting in progress..................

Standing in front of the MET - I was looking up

Beginning my painting here.  I already painted in the background and allowed it to dry.  Then I chalked in my sketch of the capital and began to paint it in oil.

Working to fill in more of the background of the capital here

Jumping ahead....I paint in the first layer of my "Bluebird."  

The Eastern Bluebird is also the State Bird of New York

Once I painted in the shadow of the capital it started to add more depth to it

Adding the Finishing touches

This new oil painting is 24 x 24" and is painted on deep gallery wrapped canvas.  It will be for sale this winter at my art show:  "The Celebration of Fine Art" in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Barbara Rudolph


A few favorites from the gallery

Sitting on the steps in front of the MET

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