Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Re-thinking Dryad

This is were I stopped with my original painting as posted earlier.

This is redrawn in Photoshop using the first photo. I have a long way to go yet.


Blogger Graham said...

I totally understand why you’re looking at changing your design for this painting…and I certainly wouldn’t tell you not to, I know you want to develop this into a piece you can exhibit in the future…

I just think it’s a great shame that some comments and the world we live in made you feel you need to…your original design was for a very beautiful picture of a mother and daughter, it was(is) very successful as such. There is nothing inappropriate about a painting of two human beings. You’re attempting to make a beautiful painting of the most fundamental subject…Us…humans…and there can be no stronger subject than a parent and child…

I find it very sad that we live in such a blinkered, paranoid, twisted world…but it seems we do and that should be a disappointment to us all…

Good luck with your development of this painting Lorna, it will certainly have a story to tell when it finally hangs in the RA next year :)

10:24 pm  
Blogger Lorna said...


Indecency is in the mind of the viewer and not my intent. I feel degraded that I can be regarded as a pornographer because of a child's nudity. If this painting was not intended for exhibition I would continue with it's original design.

Thank you for your understanding and for the assumption that it will hang in the RA next year.

3:31 am  
Blogger Miss T said...

I'd assumed that you'd still have Maddy in it, but have her emerging from the bark or something like that...

11:32 am  
Blogger Lorna said...

Miss T

I tried but she looked like she had a skin disease or was wearing funny pjs.

1:02 pm  
Blogger Adam said...

I don't get this painting. I think it's a terrific piece of skill, but it just appears to be a naked woman standing in front of a tree. Shouldn't there be more of a connection between the two if she's supposed to be a dryad?

3:44 pm  
Blogger Lorna said...

I use mythology as a metaphor to describe Eynsham as an Arcadia.

4:15 pm  
Blogger Adam said...

Is that meant to be an answer? If so, I am lost.

10:02 pm  
Blogger Lorna said...

Sorry I thought you had done classics. A Dryad was associated with tree but not necessarily a part of it.

10:08 pm  
Blogger Adam said...

I got as far as 'Et in Arcadia ego' but that's about it..... :)

8:52 am  
Blogger Lorna said... gives an overview on the 'Arcadia' idea. I tend towards the romantic pastoral Utopia which is why my blog is called 'Eynsham Gods'. Read some of the stories on Dryads and you will see that "idyll" has it's savage side.

On a artistic side I wanted to have a strong texture against the softness of flesh. SueC aligned with a Oak tree is interesting when you consider her tiny stature.

9:16 am  
Blogger Miss T said...

Hmm - I'm not sure this speaks to me Lorna. Basically it seems that you're saying that SueC is a dryad in this picture "because I say so".

But then, maybe I've just been too influenced by 'old style' allegorical paintings...(swan earrings etc. etc.).

That said I've just done an image search on dryad and most of them didn't have bits of oak hanging off their there we go.

Eynsham as arcadia is a bit of a strange thought to me - Eynsham is a bit to rough a savage for me to think of it like that.

11:08 am  
Blogger Lorna said...

Arcadia is the alternate reality of my choice. I was thinking of Eurydice who was a Dryad/Nymph and her story.
I am not going to reveal the "surprise" just yet.
'Et in Arcadia ego'

1:21 pm  

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