Saint Dorethea’s Orchard (so far!)

The third in my series of Saintly Trees. This is based on the saint of orchards and gardeners, Dorethea. The story is reproduced here:

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=221

There are also some fantastic paintings which helped me with he apples, Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Venus & Cupid is a great example (and free to visit!)

“Cupid Complaining to Venus”, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Oil on wood, 81.3 x 54.6 cm,c. 1525

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/lucas-cranach-the-elder-cupid-complaining-to-venus
The drawing is 100x100cm. Initially I primed the paper with grey acrylic as my main challenge withy he last two was getting a sense of depth and tone. Obliterating the white was liberating.

Here’s the journey so far:

I will publish more photos as the drawing progresses.

One Comment

  1. Georgina Hole

    Great work Charlie!!!! Look forward to see you and your work at Menier Gallery this Monday 🙂 Xxx

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