I painted this portrait titled 'Melanin Garden' after approaching Anisa earlier this year to be my sitter for the Brisbane Portrait Prize. I learnt of Anisa and her amazing voice and words when I was volunteering at @tedxbrisbane in 2017. Her performance was so very moving! We decided to meet at the Roma Street Parklands a few months ago, to plan the portrait in some of my favourite pockets of this beautiful park. My cousin Shauna Rae of @stem.andpetal came along as well, to fit the amazing flower creation she custom made for Anisa's lovely head. I was inspired by Anisa's book cover from 'Melanin Garden' to include the flowers and really wanted the portrait to include my layered leaves in the background, so this venue and Shauna's florist skills leant themselves perfectly to bringing the idea in my head, to life.
Here's some more about Anisa and @voices_of_colour :
Anisa Nandaula is a nationally recognised spoken word poet, play writer, educator and published author. She is the Queensland Slam Poetry champion 2016 and placed second in the Australian National Slam Poetry finals. Her political poetry focuses on not only highlighting social justice issues but educating and engaging people to have difficult discussions. Her story telling combines poetry, rhythm, rhyme and performance to captivate hearts and minds. Anisa is also the co-founder of the arts collective Voices of Colour. Voices of Colour, a Brisbane-based youth led collective that creates spaces for young artists from diverse backgrounds to share poetry, rap, dance and any other forms of creative expression. They run open mic nights once a month; every month to give culturally and linguistically diverse artists a platform to share their work. All people are welcome to perform whatever art form they desire; however this event prioritises artists from diverse backgrounds and first nations artists.
Christine Saleh Jamil, The Wanderer, 2018, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 35 × 46 cm
Christine was born in 1973 and lives today in London, U.K. She started exploring art at an early age, using all types of mediums and techniques including watercolours, ink, acrylic and oil on canvas. She studied her Art A Level at Hampstead Comprehensive School London, and then obtained a Diploma in “Successful Interior Design” with distinction at the Regents Academy of Fine Arts.
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The Japanese Garden Series:
View from the Red Umbrella
Acrylic on Canvas
This is the rare & fascinating Titian which alluringly features in much of the marketing material for the Doge’s Palace exhibition.
It is particularly interesting in that, having been left unfinished in the artist’s studio at the time of his death, it was then reworked by another hand into a depiction of Tobias & the Angel!
Following lengthy & painstaking restoration (lasting almost 20 years!), it has returned to Venice after almost half a century & today provides a fresh insight into Titian’s portrait painting technique.
Titian’s portraits of women are rare but this double portrait of mother & child is unique to his oeuvre & indeed that of most of his contemporaries (an unwritten rule forbade dynastic imagery in Venice).
The sensitivity of the picture’s execution supports the view that the sitters are Titian’s daughter Emilia & her mother, possibly a servant in Titian’s household - which might explain its subsequent ‘censorship’ via overpaint shortly after the artist’s passing.
A fabulous work on so many levels! #titian#portraiture#portraitpainting#oldmasters#renaissanceart#italianart#venice#artexhibition#dogespalace#restoration#mystery#honeymoon#artlovers#travelgram
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It's not great but good enough to post here. Hehe~
Ps : abaikan model yg dilukis. aku masih mencari figure yg worth untuk dilukis. Hehe
I have afew pieces on display @stmargaretsldn in Bethnal Green during September and October based on exploration of colour interaction.
I'm excited to show this blue & red memory alongside my own version of an Andy Warhol blank. This is how I envisage hanging the portraits I've made: I feel that the side panel can really affect the reading of the portrait and have spent many a happy hour testing out the 'best fit' colour for my portraits in the studio.
It's also given me the wonderful opportunity to work with a very inspiring artist @angiedavis.art and I'm really grateful to have met such a brilliantly talented artist with true integrity.
Wip, rough & quick under painting of the one and only Emma, actress with the most challenging blue eyes. Thanks so much for coming to pose for me @emmapelckmans
30x30cm, olio on panelio
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Vincent van Gogh met Belgian painter Eugène Boch in June 1888, when both artists were living in the south of France. To memorialize their friendship, Van Gogh persuaded Boch to sit for this portrait. He hung the painting, which he called simply "The Poet," above his bed in the Yellow House. #SwipeLeft to see it in the first version of the "The Bedroom," now in the collection of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
#VanGogh of the Day: Portrait of Eugène Boch, September 1888. Oil on canvas, 60 x 45 cm. Musée d'Orsay, Paris.
Work in progress
If you haven't already check out my video from earlier this week. I think it turned out great!
It also has some very fundamental concepts in it... so a must-see for every artist out there (link in bio) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I'm currently working on so many different projects it's not even funny. But I'll finally be giving some much asked for workshops in the upcoming months and I'm very much looking forward to that! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I'm also itching to create more and BETTER Video content, and also to get you guys more involved... just to see how far I can take this Youtube thing. But as most of you know I'm a full-time Artist and doing videos and creating art for a living is almost impossible. But I'm thinking about ways to still make it happen... but one thing after another.
First next weeks video... A little hint: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
"Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!"
We want eyeballs to look like...well, like balls, like they are round.
One way to assist in the illusion, is to gradate the values from dark to light to dark again. Generally speaking, when faces are light primarily from the front, or front-sides, the whites of the eyes will be the darkest in the corners and lightest in the middle, towards the direction of the light. The appearance of the iris, in the middle of all this, interrupts the gradations, but that should not deter us in gradating the white part of the eye. I will talk about how to color and value of the iris of the eye in a later “Tip”. Oh yeah!
I almost forgot the shadow. When the light comes from above, which is typically the case, the top lid casts a shadow onto the eyeball, so the area just below the eyelid should be a shade or two darker (see examples). Let me know if you found this helpful, or just confusing.