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Sybil in New York (oil)

F.A. Moore

Newport News, United States

Artist's Description

Sybil in New York
by F.A. Moore
Oil on stretched, deep canvas
30 × 30 in.
completed June 9, 2013, scan updated July 19, 2014

A knifed, smooth ground leaves characteristic lines in my large canvases. These are intentionally left in as character marks. The surface is otherwise as smooth as icing, when it dries. I typically leave the background dry for 2-3 months, before painting on it. This work was then brush and knife painted, with work in progress shared in Solo’s virtual “Cityscape” workshop.


Description

Michelangelo’s Sybil travels in a time machine and looks in on New York City’s theatre district. Contemporary oil painting by F.A. Moore

Sybils were female prophets or seers, who were associated with a specific holy site. Later, in antiquity, they wandered. Could this be a “wandering Sybil”? Ah!


The painting is based on a digital composite I created last year with this future painting in mind; after I decided it was time to “up my game” in traditional art. That piece is also called “Sybil in New York”.


my sketch after a Sistine Chapel “cartoon”
     
Sybil in New York
by F.A. Moore

digital composite, incorporating the scanned sketch

 
The original is a composite of photograph of New York City and my sketch after one of Michelangelo’s supposed “cartoons” for a Sybil for the Sistine Chapel. Cartoons were used to transfer drawing outlines to fresco.


Sybil in New York (digital mixed-media)
by F.A. Moore
     
Sybil in New York (oil)
by F.A. Moore

 
As you can see, the oil is quite a bit warmer, overall and doesn’t follow the digital version verbatim. My sketchbook notes and signature become important elements in both the digital work and the oil painting, where they appear forwards and backwards. I took some liberty with the Sybil in the oil painting, and gave her a new hair style. Other than the digital comp created last year, anticipating this work, there were no other drawings or sketches on or off canvas associated with the oil painting. I’m very happy to finally bring this project to fruition.

Thanks for looking, commenting, faving, liking, and generally supporting my art. Your time is much appreciated.


Evening update: I had no idea that I was releasing “Sybil in New York” on the morning of the Tony Awards presentation this evening (for best Broadway Shows). What an incredible coincidence, as Sybil is visiting the New York theatre district. Love it!

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