Here is a progression shot of the face of Charon from Saturday night's session. I am hoping to push a lot more intensity and detail in the face in my next session. I've been working in tandem on my Baptism of Christ painting at the same time so there has been a lot of back and forth between the two. I'm really happy how things are progressing though.
My apologies! It has been a few weeks since I posted anything showing the progress of Panel 4. That doesn't mean that I wasn't working. The holidays tend to slow things down a little. When left with the choice of spending time with my family or doing computer work I will never pick the latter. Anyhow, here are a few shots of Charon. I've worked up two layers of paint on the background in some areas. Last night I began work on the background behind the figure. I will continue that work tonight. Fortunately, with fewer characters in this painting, I'm hoping I will be able to push my productivity forward for the year. With only 4 paintings completed last year, I need to finish 12 of these paintings a year to finish in time for 2021. I have several grants in the works and I am looking for additional investors to help me stay in the studio working and less time marketing to make up the difference.
I am hoping the cold weather snap we've had here is coming to an end soon. We have had single digit temperatures for the last two weeks and with my studio not quite finished it has been a little colder than normal. I'll post more shots as I work ahead. Take care.
Here is the new preliminary charcoal drawing of Canto 3: Charon which will be Panel 4 in my Dante's Inferno series. The drawing is available for sale here. This sketch is but a sample of the dramatic and intense composition I have planned for the fourth panel.
A detail photo I just cleaned up from Panel 5, Canto 4 from my Dante's Inferno series. Oil on AlumaComp, 48 x 60" 2017
As of this weekend, I am officially finished with Panel 5, Dante and Virgil Visit the Great Poets of Antiquity in Limbo! This has been the most challenging piece of the series so far but I'm very happy with the results. I hope you are too! I'll be cleaning up some of the detail photos I took as well and I'll be posting them over the next few days. Thanks for all of your kind remarks. I'm jumping a little backward to Panel 4 for the next painting "Charon." Look for me to begin work on this panel in the next few days. I almost have a composition ready.
Good morning, everyone. Sorry it has been so long since my last update. Between getting drawings done for future panels and trying to finish up Panel 5, I've been exhausted lately. I believe I should have Panel 5 finished after just one more sitting so look for finished shots soon!
For now, here are some of the new preliminary drawings I have available for purchase. You can purchase them now directly through my site on this page.
Check out some of the video and images I've posted in the last week on Instagram. Follow me there if you aren't already! Thanks.
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Sorry, it has been a few weeks since I posted progress photos of the studio. As you can see I've been able to frame, insulate, run electric, sand and stain the floors and do some trim work for one half of the space. I've been able to minimize the budget through sanding the floor instead of buying new flooring which saved $400 in the budget. I've received an additional small donation which helped buy most of the drywall. At this time I have the remaining wiring, electrical outlets, drywall, the lighting, and heating to finish in order to work in this space during the winter. With a few more contributions I can get this half of the space completed before it gets too cold. I've determined that since the other side of the space needs a floor, walls, wiring, and heating, I will try to finish this side up first so I have a space to work. I've been able to work in this new space the last few nights and it has been fantastic.
I can't thank you all enough for your continued support. Having a space large enough to work on this series is giving me the ability to dive headfirst into the next 36 panels. Thank you very much. I am grateful for your support.
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Since I've taken on the Dante's Inferno project a year ago I've been on a journey that has forced so many unexpected changes in my life. Not only has this been one of the most productive years in my studio but it has also been the biggest year in terms of doing business. I've had more collector visits, modeling sessions, business meetings and impromptu visits to my studio than ever before. My productivity alone has made my small 144 sq. foot studio in my home become so crowded I have very little room to work. Currently, I can only fit 5 of the 40 panels I will be painting in this series. Most importantly it has become a necessity for me to separate my business from my home and family and to create a space large enough to not only give me the space to work on my Dante project and my commission work but to have a space large enough to display the work for my collectors. In short, I need a new studio space. Fortunately, I have a 160-year-old carriage house in the back of my property and the carpentry talents to transform this space on my own. I've already begun work framing out the interior but I do not have enough funds to complete the project in time for the changing seasons. I am asking for help to enable me to build a new 600 square foot studio that is adequate for me to work in. It will require me to frame out a floor and walls, insulate, drywall and put in a heating system to allow me to work in it during the coming winter months. If you can contribute in any way you will be directly responsible for helping me see my epic Dante's Inferno series through to the end in 2021. I thank you in advance for your kind generosity. Click here to support my new studio fund.
I was going to post two of the preliminary drawings for sale this morning but before I had the chance to I sold the one of Beatrice to a private collection! I do, however, still have a drawing I did of Homer in preparation for Canto 4, Panel 5: Dante and Virgil Visit the Great Poets of Antiquity in Limbo.
The drawing is charcoal on toned paper, 9 x 12" and for sale for $150. Email me using the form below to purchase.
My drawing of Beatrice, sold to a private collection 9 x 12", charcoal on toned paper
Things are starting to develop well on panel 5. I was a little concerned about the layout of some of the figures in this composition the last few days. Once I did the rough in I wasn't entirely confident with the proportions of each face. Once I was able to get all six heads roughed in I decided to take on the face that I had the most issues with. After three hours last night, I took the photo above of Horace. Another hour or so working on the eye, beard, lips, and crown and it should look better.
I've had a lot of people asking to see what my process looks like behind the scenes painting Dante's Inferno. I really love to share the experience here on my blog so you can see how things have been coming together. This week I sold one of the preliminary drawings I did of Dante to a private collection so I've decided to offer another one of Virgil from Canto 2. It's a beautiful charcoal on toned paper drawing, 9 x 12" and available for $150 plus shipping. Anyone interested can email me here.
This is a great opportunity to own a little piece of this epic series. I'll be offering drawings like this while I paint the series. This one I did in preparation for Canto 4 sold to a private collection last week.
I've started working on my panel 5 of the Inferno last night. I've decided to skip panel 4 (Charon) since I don't have the model for it at this time. I met a really nice gentleman three years ago when I was being fitted for a suit. He was an assistant to the tailor and he had such a unique face I thought he'd be perfect for one of my paintings in the future. Fortunately, I found the card he gave me so I'm hopeful I can reconnect with him. As for panel 5, all of my models were local. You may recognize the model in the center is from my painting of St. Jerome and The Guitarist. The one below him, playing Homer, is my model for The Confession. The model in front of him is the same model I used for my painting of St. Sebastian Confronts Emperor Diocletian. The title of this painting is Dante and Virgil Visit the Great Poets of Antiquity in Limbo. This is a place where Dante puts the virtuous men of antiquity who were good men on earth but pre-dated the coming of Christ. You may recognize it will have similar surroundings to my panel 2.
Check out the new behind the scenes video painting Canto 2
I took a quick photo with the first three panels in my Dante's Inferno series over the weekend. When I announced the project last year I realize my intentions may have not been completely understood. Now, having completed the first three panels you can imagine what the scale of these 40 panels will look like and what an undertaking this project is. I can't thank you enough for all of the support you've given me over the last year. There is so much more work to do. Thank you!
It was a very tough two weeks but I was able to finish Canto 2 on June 13th. During this same time I was working on a double portrait commission, two custom tabernacle frames I had to build and a crate I had to build for the Temptation of Christ Commission that was shipped to the collector in Ireland this past Friday. Needless to say, I had no time to take photos and do color corrections. I'm very glad to finally share these photos with you now that I've rested and feel like my eyes are working again.
This one was really tough due to all of the detail in the background and the many folds of fabric I had to paint the last few days. Beatrice was wonderful to paint and it was nice to paint something angelic in the midst of a setting that is so cold and dark. It presented many challenges but so far I've received a lot of good feedback on how things were handled so I'm very happy about that. The last week was especially hard and I was working on little or no sleep to get this finished in time to be viewed by some of my collectors this past Sunday. My contacts were really bothering me and my eyes were burning a lot from a lack of sleep. I had to skip my time in the gym the last two weeks. I don't think I would have been able to stay up or recover if I pushed it anymore. Fortunately, everything turned out great and I was able to catch up on sleep the past two days.
Where to go now? Since my schedule is now open I've decided to work on two panels at a time. This time I will be working on Canto 4: Charon, Ferryman of the Dead and Canto 5: Dante among the great poets of antiquity in Limbo. I should have all I need to start on Canto 5 by the end of the week. Thanks for all of your support!
I'm happy to finally be back to working on the figures in this painting. I've said it a million times during my career - I'd rather paint a million figures than one piece of architecture. Fortunately, it went well and I'm going to spend the last few days working on Virgil and Beatrice and their immediate area around them. I saved the best for last on this one. I posted some video on my Instagram page showing the progression of Virgil's face. You can see it below.
Looking at where I am on this project at the moment I realize I need to pick up the pace on this series in order to be finished in time for 2021. I've been working on so many commission pieces on top of this I'm hoping to get more contributions to the project so I can dedicate all of my time to it without taking on additional work. I'm also working on putting up a Patreon campaign so look for that soon. I'm juggling a lot but it will be all worth it in the end. To really kick things into gear I've decided to not work on just one panel (Canto 4) but two at a time (Cantos 4 &5). This should be just the kind of push I need to accelerate my pace. Wish me luck. Thanks again for all of your support.
In the grand scheme of a painting it's the combination of big moments and little moments that make a successful painting. This painting is taking that statement to the extreme when it comes to all the stone architecture in the ruins behind the two figures. I've been working on this part for days. Fortunately I'm rounding out my sessions in the next day or so and I'll be able to resume working on the two figures. This isn't the best shot (the top is washed out a little by my lighting) but it demonstrates how far I am at the moment. Hopefully, by my next post I'll be back to working on the two main figures.
Over the last week, I've roughed in the faces for both Virgil and Beatrice. I posted some videos detailing the process and were both some of the most viewed posts I've ever had. In case you didn't get the chance, you can see them here:
- Speed painting of Virgil
- Speed painting of Beatrice
The painting is going really well so far. I will be working on the courtyard and the castle ruins surrounding Beatrice and Virgil over the next few days. It's pretty tedious work but I'm looking forward to seeing it painted. It's my goal, along with balancing a few extra commissions in my studio, to have this painting finished in the next 10 days or so.
I'm really excited to see how much this project is beginning to pick up steam. I know many people were excited to see me paint this series but now that I have pictures of several panels together I can see many people starting to get an idea of what I set out to do. It's only going to grow and get more challenging and to be honest, I can't wait! Thanks to everyone for your support!