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Siena Italy Drawing - Prophets And Patriarchs by Norman Bean

Prophets And Patriarchs is a drawing by Norman Bean which was uploaded on January 15th, 2012.

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Thanks Kristina, the Siena Duomo is one of the most decorated Churches that I have ever visited.

Beautiful work!

Awesome drawing and story behind it.

Norman Bean replied:

Thank you Mr. Buxbaum. Ceilings and the underside of the roof are little appreciated aspects of architecture.

When possible drawing on site is preferred. I draw only what I've seen with my own eyes. So far, in my travels, docents and guards get a little crabby if I stand and draw for too long. So, yes, like you, I take many electronic photos. I will often start a drawing to get a feel for a view or place and go back home and use the photos like a 'still life'. I like to alter the perspectives, placements, lighting and focus to work for the dramatic.... but there is something special that is almost magical as the contrast and detail get worked in. When looking at my travel pictures, I'll make sketches incorporating various ideas and use the best ones as still life studies to work from. The Prophets drawing has about 40 hours from conception to completion. Through FAA none of my images have sold, yet. On my own I've sold hundreds of prints, loose and framed/matted, and a few original drawings. My real goal is to sell the original drawings. Sales seems to be an art form in its own right. I saw that you have over one thousand images with FAA. Do make many sales? You have obviously travelled a bit to have such variety.

Norman Bean replied:

Ahhh, yes! A print of the Colosseo sold a couple of weeks ago...

Thanks so much for your interesting reply. Do you sit in person to make your drawings? Maybe a photograph? I AM ANAZED BY YOUR TALENT! I hope you will do well selling your prints.

Dear Ms. Phelps, This drawing was a little bit daunting, a challenge actually. As I was designing this picture, before committing to the 'good paper,' there were two considerations. One is that the image was like a big target with the light of the 'lantern' at the center of the dome being the bull's eye surrounded by concentric circles. And two, there are over eighty 'squares' in the dome, all slightly different in size, shape and shading. Breaking up the 'target' look with the column supporting the dark ceiling make the picture work for me. The people depicted ringing the dome are some of the folks who put up time, energy and money to build the Duomo in 1100 and 1200 AD.

I love your fine art drawings. This piece is full of the wonderful play of light and dark showing the valuse of light to total dark in a delightful way. The reflections you created from the opening in the dome add to the persective and depth of this image. The detail in the dark areas is very well done. You are definately a true artist! I was lead to your work through a contest on FAA. O wonder how many hours it takes to do a work like this?

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