Slow and Steady - Beren and Luthien in the Court of Thingol and Melian

by Donato

The Studio was open this past weekend and nearly all visitors got a glimpse of the new, large scale canvas I am currently working upon - Beren and Luthien in the Court of Thingol and Melian.  The final size to the art will be 110" x 60" (278 cm x 150 cm), and while not my largest painting it is certain to be the most ambitious and labor intensive.  After many requests to document the work, I thought to share the initial design sketches that allowed me to proceed successfully to the state the work is now in. 

Today I was able to finish the drawing with Kelley, my assistant, sealing the drawing under a coat of matte medium.  Tomorrow I begin the under painting.  Having no real idea how much labor will finally be involved, I am blocking out three months of time to render this up.  I have a feeling it will take longer...

See you in the summer! ...2016 maybe?    :)