Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Cuthbert leaves Lindisfarne

I photographed all the stages of this painting, because I thought you might like to see it.
If you don't, skip to the last photo :)

Saint Cuthbert was the Bishop of Lindisfarne (Holy Island) and he was buried there when he died. Sadly, we had some naughty marauding Vikings sail across the water, who just loved to turn up and pillage, loot and all manner of unspeakables.

So when the monks had gist of another invasion, they exhumed the body of the Saint and carried him across the water to England, where his final resting place is Durham Cathedral.

There is a brass sculpture (first photo) to commemorate this voyage - but I tried to imagine how it would be when the real monks were carrying Cuthbert across the sea. And I had to include some fog, for my painting friend , Peg..


 the sculpture.. thanks to Lynne for the use of her photo. xx


my pencil drawing

first washes where there will be no fog



adding more washes to the visible parts

first swishing over the fog area in sweeping strokes with a wet brush, then dropping in the fog colour mix.. 



Adding in a touch more colour to the vestments beneath the fog and some shadow on the faces - and we have the finished painting:


Cuthbert leaves Lindisfarne





22 comments:

  1. Very good Pat. I like the finished result and it's nice to see the stages of the painting. I wish more people would show how they work.

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  2. Glad you enjoyed the stage by stage and the final painting :) xx

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  3. Great painting of what must have been a very sombre moment in history, Pat. Thanks for sharing your process too. How about calling it 'Fog on the Tyne' - or am I just showing my age and mindless knowledge of 70s music lol?

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  4. Glad you like the painting, Michael - but showing your age on the music front, especially as the nearest famous river would have been the Tweed;) xx

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  5. Dear Pat,
    Wow, this work has a mood and message...that captures viewers. Very touchy. You bravely challenged an interesting approach. Congrats! Thank you for sharing the good work.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  6. Great idea to create a painting from a statue! I enjoy seeing the stages. And the finished painting is beautiful, I love the mist!

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  7. Very cool painting Pat! I like how you've taken the photo and given it your own interpretation. The fog looks so great. :)

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  8. I like this painting Pat. And I love to see the stages in your work. Hugs xx

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  9. Very nice painting, Pat. The story was interesting also. I too, loved seeing the different steps that you used to create such a touching painting~~~

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  10. I love the subject and the results. The fog was the perfect addition! Well done, Pat!

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  11. Pat, what an eerie painting, and it is perfect for the subject matter.

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  12. I think that is great imagination to add that stormy fog. Its a great idea too. Thank for sharing the process.

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  13. A very beautiful and creative interpretation.
    The idea of ​​the fog was beautiful and has a mysterious atmosphere.
    Well feioto Pat, congratulations.
    And thanks for telling that story did not know.
    Hugs

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  14. Very interesting painting and process too with a result excellent.
    Thanks Pat!

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  15. Wonderful painting and I enjoy seeing the various stages of it. Thanks for the little history lesson too. I learned something new

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  16. Love the swirly fog. It gives it a ghostly look. LOVE it!

    Thanks for showing the process steps. I enjoy them.

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  17. Preciso y precioso el paso a paso que nos regalas.
    Felicidades y un besito.

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  18. An unusual and interesting piece and fabulous to see your approach. Great stuff!!!

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  19. I like the way you made the fog, this painting reminds me the title of song "When the saints go marchin' in"! Arianna

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  20. Top marks for imagination here Pat, the fog gives the painting a mysterious feel.

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  21. Lograste un buen efecto con esa niebla, tu imagen tiene un ambiente lúgubre y misterioso, además de la interesante nota histórica.
    Saludos.

    To achieve a good effect with the fog, your image has a dark and mysterious atmosphere as well as the interesting historical footnote. Greetings.

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  22. Thanks, everyone.
    I was up in London yesterday to visit with a friend, over from Australia, so it was fabulous this morning to log in and read all of your comments!
    So pleased you liked the stages, and the wild imagination that lead to the foggy interpretation :)
    love and hugs
    Pat xx

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