Monday, January 21, 2008

Greek Vase Strikes a Chord


Watercolour & black watercolour pencil in Canson sketchbook

Do you have a muse?

My muse has been absent for many weeks - on holiday in warmer climes, I've joked. Then I opened my emailed link to Art Daily and there she was! A 500BC Greek vase spoke to me!

She is now on loan from the Italian Government to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the next four years. So that's where she's been! The loan is in exchange for the return to Italy of the Euphronios krater.

What does your muse look like?


12 comments:

Felicity said...

Robyn, that's amazing, beautifully done!

Anita Davies said...

Wonderful Job Robyn!!!

africantapestry said...

One thing is for sure...when I find my muse I'll commission you to paint her! I love your colours, bright and gay and uplifting, with a lot of play in them...all the things a muse should inspire. It is interesting that you've decided on black watercolour pencil...is that what you've used for the eyes and the mouth and on the crown? Great work...hope she doesn't leave, feed her well.
Ronell

bec said...

So glad you found your muse! The Greek vase is beautifully painted-- I love your highlights!

Wendy said...

I don't think I have a muse, but I will have to think about it. Yours is terrific.

Katherine said...

Mine is apt to go missing on grey days.........

I'm not sure what she looks like but I know I perk up a lot at the sight of good clear light and colour.

Maybe you need to try sculpture?

laureline said...

Isn't this just fantastic? So clear and so purely colored and so well drawn and painted. Wow. I don't have a muse, but I do have a story going on my head and it's mostly constant, but not always. It's where my paintings can come from if I pay attention.

mARTa said...

oh, she looks like she would be lots of fun! What beautiful color and line. so much fun!

Robyn said...

Thank you all - I was quite pleased with this one. It's what usually happens when I paint something on poor quality paper, it turns out better than the pieces I invest my hopes in.

Ronell - I used the black watercolour pencil as a quick solution to deal with the top of the vase which actually has a beautiful checkerboard pattern that would have taken me days to paint. I then used it to touch up the eyes, which I think was a mistake.

juj said...

Haven't seen my muse in so long I think I've forgotten what she looks like, lol, but yours is lovely so perhaps I'll borrow her for awhile.

Gorgeous colors here Robyn...

Robyn said...

Judi - You're welcome to borrow her but be warned, she has an enormous capacity for Retsina!

BMoon said...

Love this, tight little painting, really magical.

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