back to the painting diary. What a weekend I have just had -
my first visit to Ireland for my debut as a jousting knight.
After all those months of training I now know I can do it and
the comments from everyone else in Destrier were very encouraging
- thanks for your support.
As yet I
don't have any photos of the joust itself, but the picture on
the right shows me in full armour on Merlin
- one of the fantastic horses supplied by Stable Stars. I am
jousting again this weekend and my father will be there, armed
with his cameras, so all being well I'll be able to add some
action shots to the site next week.
the painting. It has been a short week at the easel as we didn't
get home until midnight on Monday and there has been quite a
bit of sorting out to attend to before we head off to the next
joust on Friday. However, I have been able to get a couple of
days work done, concentrating on the horse and the background
to the right. The pavilion is now taking shape and the yellow
is nowhere near as obvious now. When I'm completely happy with
this I can add the embroidered Golden Trees that are described
by de la Marche.
image to enlarge
I have also
started to indicate the mantling that is flowing from the 'Bastard's'
helm, and while I want it to be clear what it is, I also want
to try to retain plenty of movement as it flaps around behind
his head.There is still a lot of refining to do to the horse
but having built up the tones on it's head, this part of the
painting is also taking shape quite nicely. I am beginning to
achieve the lighting effect that I want, with strong highlights
defining the shapes as they are lit from the right and slightly
I am really looking forward to this weekend's joust, I am also
keen to progress with the painting now. The next couple of weeks
are fairly clear of other commitments (apart from a 'landmark'
birthday for me), so I should be able to really crack on with
the painting as of Monday.
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