Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Crystal Ball

It is not a mystery that I love Preraphaelites technique and subjects, so I felt ambitious enough to (try to) reproduce one of their paintings. Here I chose Waterhouse's "The Crystal Ball". There's a little of all: still life, architecture, a human subject with a not too difficult anatomy and simple fabric effects.
This is the original (from the Internet):


Then comes the 90' (well, i would say 2-hours) quick sketch:


I focused my efforts mostly on woman and still life. I couldn't manage to finish the furniture and give the correct perspective to the floor's tiles, anyway those details are less important to me right now.

Then, I wanted to give more details to the woman and the still life, so I worked it up a little more:

I love very much the potential gothic atmosphere which is hidden in this simple and apparently innocent subject: the Crystal Ball itself, book and skull have good potential to turn this painting into a much darker one.
So this is my dark interpretation of it: a sorceress doing divinations in the night. Don't think that Waterhouse would have liked it, but he will never know anyway.

8 comments:

ruthie said...

i am a huge fan of pre-raphaelite work and the original is a favourite. I love this, wow, it didn't take you long did it? I also love your darker interpretaion, its so full of atmosphere. well done, keep up the good work. looking forward to sseing your next adventure.

Morgaine le Fée said...

Thank you ruthie, you're always very kind! The first sketck took almost two hours, then i needed additional 3-4 hours to paint more details on woman and still life. The dark version probably took the same, even if it is difficult to say since I must paint in my free time (when my child sleeps, for example). I wish i could be much faster!

ruthie said...

I know that problem, trying to find free time to paint!! it would be wonderful i think if i didn't need to sleep at all ancould paint into the early hours undisturbed x

Paolè said...

bhè...niente male cimentarsi con un preraffaellita come John William Waterhouse.
devo dire che la tua versione mi piace molto e anche la versione successiva , quella notturna, la rende gotica e misteriosa, molto più di quanto Waterhouse potesse sperare!!
Mi chiedo cosa avrebbero fatto simili artisti se, con una macchina del tempo , avessero potutto provare gli strumenti che abbiamo noi oggi...

Paolè said...

bhè...niente male cimentarsi con un preraffaellita come John William Waterhouse.
devo dire che la tua versione mi piace molto e anche la versione successiva , quella notturna, la rende gotica e misteriosa, molto più di quanto Waterhouse potesse sperare!!
Mi chiedo cosa avrebbero fatto simili artisti se, con una macchina del tempo , avessero potutto provare gli strumenti che abbiamo noi oggi...

Morgaine le Fée said...

Paolé, sono d'accordo: pensa se sta gente avesse avuto Photoshop o Painter!
Al Vikingo non piace la mia versione gotica perché dice che le luci sono messe male. Io sono d'accordo, e riguardandola la vedo molto stereotipata. Vabbé, sono una principiante con poche ore a disposizione...

softearthart said...

Hi, I just love your first version. just delightful cheers Marie

Morgaine le Fée said...

Thanks Marie! The dark version has some wrong values and I think more and more that it's a kind of fantasy-stereotype. Just need to go on and improve :)