More Lost and Found Art

I have just installed a gallery-type hanging system in my place. It's great, I can switch art around easily and never put another nail in the wall. I have hung some pieces and also unearthed a huge pile of old art. I have a lot of old oil paintings and not sure what to do with them.

I found studies that were done years ago from my "Media of Art History" class (University of Guelph- undergrad). We had to choose an old master's work and reproduce it using their techniques.

Pisanello's "Portrait of Princess" (1435 - 1449). My reproduction on left.

Pisanello's "Portrait of Princess" (1435 - 1449). My reproduction on left.

Above, and on the left, is my reproduction of Pisanello's "Portrait of Princess." The original is on the right. It's an egg tempera painting using a traditional gesso which included rabbitskin glue. The paint is made from a powdered pigment with egg yolk added to it. Then it was painted with tiny brush in short, many layered strokes. Tedious but I recall I enjoyed doing it.

From the same class, my reproduction of Rembrandt's "Girl with Broom" (Rembrandt's painting at right) using an oil glaze method:

Rembrandt's "Girl with Broom." My reproduction on left.

Rembrandt's "Girl with Broom." My reproduction on left.

I have a pile of paintings, or more accurately, "studies" and have no idea what to do with it all. Here are some early "studies", all from live models, when I was studying oils/portraiture:

Oils

Oils

Drawings: vine charcoal (from life)

Drawings: vine charcoal (from life)

It's interesting seeing all this "old" art especially as it's a reminder of my past training, mostly classical techniques mixed with the not so classical. I feel lucky and happy that I was able to study art. Now I mainly draw cartoons (as I always did), and am more fond of bright colours, sketchy drawings than I am of realism.

One of the advantages of being digital is storing files takes much less room than big bulky canvases. Even though I rarely paint (I have gone back to pen and ink) and I love my Cintiq, I like knowing my box of paints is close by for whenever the spirit moves me.