Friday, November 20, 2009

Photos Friday

This is a series of pastel drawings of the bas reliefs which were pilfered from the Parthenon in Athens, Greece during the time of Lord Elgin.  The original sculptures are housed in the British Museum from which Greece has been trying to get these, and other sculptures, returned to their rightful country. 

I am fascinated by the movement of the figures and the play of dark and light shadows on the forms.  Using pastels offers an energy I enjoy feeling from the direct contact to the surface as I hold the medium.  It's exciting and I move to the different colors automatically.  When I'm finished, I'm not really sure what I've come up with!  But I get like that with most of my work.  Drawing is just so much more intense for me. 

In the book of photos I used for this series I always see something new.  It's almost as good as live models, but not quite the same.  And models don't bring horses.

Elgin Marbles Series #1-5  18 x 24  #1 8x10  Pastel on toned pastel paper  ©Dora Sislian Themelis


  1. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog! I really liked that forum thread. I enjoy looking at Greek sculptures and I liked these drawings based on the photos. Its hard to get models to bring horses! My parents own a donkey and I draw him sometimes but it is hard to draw while he's galloping ( he is not often galloping!)
    Photos are close to reality at least--I'm still looking for good photos of dif body types.

  2. Thanks so much for your comments here, too! The book I used has such great photos, but I prefer live models. You do what you can, right?


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