Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Sleeping Faun

Back in 2013, when I first saw two paintings of a Faun in Neue Pinakothek, the mystery of the idea took hold of me. Here are the two paintings from Arnold Böcklin (both images are taken from the website of Neue Pinakothek):

"Faun, die Syrinx blasend" - Arnold Böcklin
Photo from the Pinakothek Website
"Pan im Schlif" - Arnold Böcklin
Photo from the Pinakothek Website
One funny difference about visiting Museums and watching the photos of painting is the misjudgement of the actual scale of the painting in photos. The second painting above "Pan im Schlif" is in fact almost ten effing times bigger in area than the first painting "Faun, die Syrinx blasend". The second painting is pretty huge that it gives you the impression as if you stand there in midday sun, looking at the back of the resting faun under the shed and have a touch of angst that he will turn his head and stare at you..

Later I learned that a 2200 year old marble statue was acquired by the "Mad king" Ludwig of Bayern and is at display in Glyptothek. Here are the photos of the Sleeping Faun which I took during my visit to the Glyptothek. The statue doesn't really fulfill the potential mythos of a faun but it's one hell of an exotic one. The inebriated facial expression and the unforgiving sexuality of the statue is as mythical as the spirit of faun itself.

The shape of the figure and the range of gray tones in the photo enticed me to try in on a canvas paper. This is how it ended up.

"The Sleeping Faun" 
Acrylics on a 24x32cm Canvas Paper
Painted in 2015

I painted the face just as dabs of paint for two reasons; first, honestly I am not yet confident drawing and painting facial expressions as it requires pretty good amount of skills to asses the proportions of facial features as well as tones in order not to screw it up and second, due to the expressionistic sort of the painting. I guess I'll try a realistic painting later on someday. 

The corners of the canvas paper were taped while painting to make the paper firmly attached to the support and therefore they couldn't be painted; it doesn't look pro now ;) It was a beginner mistake as I should've either directly used a stretched canvas or a canvas pad. Well, we all make mistakes and learn.

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