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This blog journals my quest of art, whether it is a piece of work that is inherent in nature or one created by artists known or unknown or that I created myself. During this search, I have come to appreciate the magnificence and generosity of God who in his infinite wisdom surrounded us with exquisiteness everyday...everywhere and inspired our human spirit to create beauty that feeds our bodies and souls. Come join me on my journey to find art through my travels and my own creative endeavors. Maraming salamat.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

If Picasso Can Have a Blue Period, So Can I

The Blue Christ, 2012
by jojo sabalvaro tan

For my Easter painting this year, I decided to depict Jesus Christ on the Cross in monochromatic values of blue in the manner of Spanish artist Picasso during his blue period. The paintings produced by Picasso during this period became among his most popular and expensive. Here are links if you'd like to learn more about Picasso's Blue Period.
Back to my painting :
My inspiration for the painting is from  a passage from the Holy Bible

"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21).

This painting was derived from an altarpiece painted by Italian renaissance artist Raphael known as The Mond Crucifixion (or Crocifissione Gavari; both names are after former owners) .

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

An early work influenced by Perugino, it was originally an altarpiece in the church of San Domenico in Città di Castello, near Raphael's hometown of Urbino. The painting shows Jesus on the cross, who is looking peaceful even though he is dying. There are two angels catching his blood in chalices. On Jesus' left kneels Mary Magdalene, with John the Evangelist standing behind her. On his right Mary (mother of Jesus) stands, and St. Jerome, to whom the altar was dedicated, is kneeling. At the foot of the cross is the inscription RAPHAEL/ VRBIN / AS /.P.[INXIT] ("Raphael of Urbino painted this") in silver letters.
The painting was bequeathed to the National Gallery in London by Ludwig Mond.
I liked this painting a lot that I painted my humble reproduction of the Mond Crucifixion, shown here.

Jojo's La Mond Crucifixion
by jojo sabalvaro tan
watercolor on watercolor board

The Easter painting is a very different take. I started with sketching and then tracing on 140# watercolor paper.

The Sketch

 I gave the paper a light wash of Prussian Blue. This will be the dominant color I will be using for the painting. I had thought to use some browns to warm it up, but I think I will stick strictly to the monochromatic theme with some highlights of metallic gold to add interest.

Adding Values

I used the Prussian blue in different values, by adding more water for lighter values or less water for deeper values. I painted the dark values first to get the general feel of the painting. I am not sure if that is the right way to start or not but it seemed to work.

Painting in progress

As always, I am surprised at how this painting turned out. I hope you like it.
I am ending with a little piece my niece Rhea put together. I thought it went very well with my painting.

amazing Love

oh, what sacrifice

the Son of God given for me

my debt He paid and my death He Died

that I might live....

crown Him with many crowns

the Lamb upon the throne

awake upon my soul and sing

to Him who died for me...

Happy Easter, Folks. May God's light always shine upon you.

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