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Orestes pursued by the Erynies

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Orestes pursued by the Erynies

As I was looking for a new subject I found the image of an old print whose subject was Orestes pursued by the Furies or Erynies.
The sepia color allowed to imagine what would be like once painted and coloured


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2014-03-25

This is the original print I took as model for my work.
The pose of Clytemnestra remind me Fuessly Nightmare.
As I use acrylics, I have a limited use of brushing ways.

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2014-03-25

This is the base draft.
I choosed green as one of the colors for the mantel of the central Erynie.
More difficult is to imagine how the torches smoke can result.

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2014-03-25

Now I made up my mind and decided the other colours .
The drapery had to be red Ruby as the blood shed in this story.
Clytemnestra's almost white dress should stick out .
A yellow base on Orestes' body would help to give more light to the further layers.

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2014-03-25

Now I started working on the bodies .
Orestes should be over illuminated by the Furies' torches.
Clytemnestra flesh should be greenish blue.
I did not like the position of her head so I changed it . Doing it I noticed that she has a languorish look .
I noticed that i should change also the head of the central Erynie to make her looking at Orestes and the upper one looking at the observer

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2014-03-25

Here the head of the central Erynie is turned towards Orestes.
I went on the smoke colours that is bluish wiht sparks of orange, red and yellow.
I have to darken the scene mixing cobalt blue to the raw umber and Van Dyck brown.

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2014-03-26

There is a moment when you ask yourself whether to stop or to go on . Can this be the right moment ?

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