Egyptiana 3  - Posted for the... by Micheal Giddens

Egyptiana 3 - Posted for the Paintings in Progress Group

Stage 3 -The vase really is green - which says a lot for painting from photos and getting the original colours correct. Thoth is the Egyptian God of Law giving. I purchased this stage in Cairo at the fabulous Khan Kali market - fabulous fun!
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Looks good so far.
over 2 years ago
Hi Shawn and thank you.
over 2 years
Coming along well Mike. It is going to be gorgeous. Love the light on your vibrant blue vase. Well done. Pam :
over 2 years
Hi Pam, Thank you and hope all is well.
over 2 years
This is becoming one of the most detailed and educational WIP I have seen. The developement of the vase and the reflections on the table are looking amazing.
May I ask; How long did you wait for the background to be dry enough to draw the design? What proportion if any of liquin do you use to speed the drying?
over 2 years
Thank you so much for such encouraging interest. I used only odourless solvent when I painted the background and this was almost touch dry the next day - so an afternoon and evening. The heating was on so I think this speed things up. So I actually applied the design the next day. So far I have only used oil paint and solvent - although I usually use linseed because I often paint wet into wet. The solvent really allows fairly quick drying. I have used Liquin a few times but it is one product that I really do not like the smell. Again, appreciate your comments,
over 2 years
beautiful Michael... love the design and love the Egyptian figurine of Thoth !!!!!
over 2 years
Thank you Sonja and hope all is well.
over 2 years
Amazing, Micheal!!! So far, so good!!! Love the Egyptian figurine!!! Congratulations! Warm regards Angela
over 2 years
Hi Angela - I am starting to enjoy painting it.
over 2 years
Your progress is such well,my dear friend Mike!Bravo,I can't wait your finish!Go,go to paint...no,the rest isn't need in this phase!I am sure that it will be so adorable floral arrangement with adding of these ancient figures!Big friendly hugs,Ankica
over 2 years
Thank you Ankica for the inspiration. Having fun painting this one. Hugs Mike
over 2 years
Lovely, the colors, the way it is all coming together..wow! Fabulous!
over 2 years
Hi Brenda and thank you for the nice comment.
over 2 years
Really will be a wonderful still life when completed! I like the detail already!
over 2 years
Hi Anita and thank you for the inspiration.
over 2 years
Just caught this Mike. Looks great can't wait to see finished work...love it so far! Marg:)
over 2 years
Hi Margaret and thank you. So far kept it together!
over 2 years
:) I have one that I can't seem to keep together!
This is so interesting to see the steps.What are the flowers and is there another figure on the right hand side? This shows me how dysfunctional I paint I'd probably go for the flowers first!!
M:)x
over 2 years
Hi Margaret - Yes, there is an impossible to paint Egyptian bottle on the left and a scarab. The flowers are Egyptian lotus - sort of white to the blue - rather interesting. I think I subconsciously decided that the background and completed figures would impact on how I paint the flowers - also, these will not be easy flowers to paint and I think I have have also decided to leave the hardest to last. You know I only blocked in the leaves because it made me feel like that area was actually happening. This is one of those paintings that could fall to bits so I am happy it has worked thus far. Hugs to you! We must meet up one of these days.
over 2 years
Loving the Egypian figure. This is going to be just gorgeous.
over 2 years
Thank you Jo
over 2 years
Looking good Mike, love it.
over 2 years
Hi Priscilla and thank you.
over 2 years
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Micheal GiddensPianist and Artist. Regular contributor to Australian Fine Art and Decorative Painting Magazine. Exhibited with Camberwell Art Show, Australian Floral and Fauna Society and Victorian Artists Society. 2013 winner 'Highly Commended" for Victorian Artists' Society Winter Exhibition. ps ...

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