Thursday, February 1, 2018

Passion for the Past

India ink & pastel on rice paper / 10X8 (25.4 X 20.32cm)


Some of my favorite memories of Michigan were attending historical re-enactments where guests are allowed to absorb the sights and sounds of past events. Geeks like me and people all over the world have attended reenactments for centuries.

A more commercial event is the Renaissance Festival.  Here, guests are encouraged to dress in medieval garb, eat turkey legs and large pickles, and consume copious amounts of stout and ale.







All of these adventures offer great photo opportunities.  The artwork above is an example.  He was on a decorative plaque attached to a tree & not the first time I painted him.

Here is the first - about 10 years ago.

Watercolor batik on rice paper




58 comments:

  1. Your watercolor is outstanding Chris!!! I always love the texture in your work... Your India ink and pastel sketch is amazing as well. As far as this historical re-enactments ...it looks like a lot of fun!!! Enjoy the rest of the week!!!

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    1. Thank you, Hilda. Yes, the re-enactments are SO much fun. I'll be on the lookout for a few this summer.

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  2. Renaissance Festival are not a thing here, and I never saw any in Canada. looks colourful tho :)

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    1. Yes, they are very colorful. And thank goodness for designated drivers...

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    2. LOL yeah in the photos I have seen there is usually really big tankards of alcohol around lol

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  3. Dear Chris
    the pictures of the past should be drawn or painted more often.
    Your work is fascinating and thanks for the colorful pictures.
    Greetings from Austria
    Sadie

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    1. Thank you, Sadie. Appreciate your comment.

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  4. Hello Chris,
    Wonderful paint. So well done!!
    And what a good shots of that nice event. So nice to see all human in the clothes of the time of the Renaissance. I like that.

    Kind regards,
    Marco

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    1. Thank you, Marco. Yes, the Renaissance festivals are so much fun!

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  5. Great photos from the costume event... the picture of the sleeping baby is so cute! There are also many such medieval festivals here in Germany, every year, in almost every major city. People always love it, but they forget how hard it was, to live in this time for real!
    Your Batik from 2007 is again an incredibly beautiful work of art! The colours look like gold and I am flashed again, how wonderfully you master this art! Great!
    Ulrike

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    1. Thank you so much, Ulrike. I have heard about the wonderful festivals in Germany. And yes, I can image how hard it was living at that time...

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  6. There is a Renaissance Fair near us here in NY State. We haven't gone yet, but it looks like an amazing place to have fun and take photos. I do love the ink and pastel face. Well done!!!

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    1. Thank you, Debra. I hope you experience the Renaissance Fair at least once. Comfy clothes & shoes, a fully charged camera and you're good to go.

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  7. Your India ink & pastel on rice paper face is fascinating, but also the watercolor version looks great!
    Gorgeous photos of the Renaissance Festival! But I am glad not living at that time.
    Wish you a happy weekend! Rike x

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    1. Thank you, Rike. I'm glad I'm not living at that time, too. The Renaissance Festival is as close as I want to get.

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  8. This was such a fun post Chris. The Renaissance Festival starts here in Arizona next week! It's always a very popular event. The picture of the baby is so precious.

    I like the word "robust" to describe your subject. Beautiful work on both pieces. It's fun to see creations of the same subject with different mediums over a decade apart.

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    1. Thanks, Terri. Hope you have fun at the festival if you decide to go.

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  9. Great post Chris - loved both pieces of your art and your fab and interesting photos.
    I know we have re-enactments here in the UK but I've never been to one - although it would appeal to me as history and the past interests me and sometimes anything other than reality is nice, which is probably why I love steampunk too :)
    The people in your photos looked like they had a great day and fun experience of the mediaeval times.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Gill xx

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    1. Thanks, Gill. Hope you get a chance to go to a re-enactment - one that appeals to you, of course. The Renaissance Festival, on the other hand, is good for a giggle.

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  10. that is art, fantastic creations!!! The baby is so sweetan all the Fotos!
    Have nice weekend!
    Greetings Elke

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    1. Thanks, Elke, Yes, that baby was the best dressed baby at the festival.
      Have a nice weekend, too!

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  11. Both versions are stunning Chris!

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    1. Thanks, Teri! Appreciate your comment!

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  12. I love both versions, Chris! Great events, those reenactments, I wish we had them over here, love the costumes!

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    1. Thanks, Judy. If they don't have re-enactments there now, perhaps soon. They are becoming popular everywhere.

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  13. The face is fascinating and very expressive, Chris. I want to add that I'm glad not to meet him in person... Will you do batiks from these lovley photoes you showed here? The lady with the finger on her lips? There is so much light and shadow apart from the everything else. Or the fighting man? The baby is so cute but very hard to paint I think.
    Have a nice weekend!
    Beate

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    1. Thank you, Beate. The lady with the finger on her lips was once a watercolor as was the pirate. The festival was a very good source for painting material.

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  14. Wonderful! And is this your second Ren Fest in Oregon?

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    1. Thanks, Kali.
      No, this was from Michigan. There are festivals around Oregon, but nothing near us. When I find something that looks good, we'll take a field trip - maybe spend the night.

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  15. What a great festival. Love your piece so strong and solemn.

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  16. great post, love your photos special the little girl ;O)) have a great weekend

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    1. Thanks, Dorte. Hope you have a great weekend, too!

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  17. Looks like a fun time, Chris. But I have a "passion for the past" too- like why don't you come back to Michigan -hahaha! I love seeing all your beautiful creations, and I look at my elephant
    every day. Take good care my friend!

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    1. Thanks, Laurie. Yes, we could have some fun at those festivals! As they get a little older, we could even dress up THOSE BABIES!
      Glad you like the elephant. I love my Laurie painting!!
      Take care. Love your challenge paintings!

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  18. Oooo, what great photos you captured at the Renaissance Festival. I have relations that go to Civil War re-enactments and are hard core about it. Always fascinates me..perhaps to the point of seeking out some. Love the plaque painting - such expression in it's face!

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    1. Thanks, Pattie. The Civil War re-enactments are one of my favorites. I really liked the night time events - all naturally lit with candles and campfires, food cooking, ... What an experience.

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  19. Wonderful photos Chris - the little girl is so cute - thanks for sharing and your pastel /Ink head is wonderful - very expressive - and the watercolor batik is gorgeous - I would really love to see your progress.
    Happy weekend CHris!
    I am always happy when I see a new post of you on my dashboard!
    oxo Susi

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    1. Thank you so much, Susi.
      I am always happy to see your new posts!! Have a lovely, lovely Austrian weekend.

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  20. Wouldn't have minded to attend this festival, looks fun ! Your paintings are great and interesting ( as always ). Wishing you a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Jane, for your lovely comment. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, too!

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  21. Your artwork is lovely as well as the renaissance festival photos. Oh the baby-princess is so cute! Must be a lovely event :)

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    1. Thank you, Ozge. Yes, it is a lovely event - a place to escape for a short time.

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  22. Dear Chris wow - this work is awesome. Both pieces are just wonderful. I have never attended a renaissance festival but there is one that goes on in the autumn not too far away. I am sure I would enjoy it. Thanks for sharing your photos friend. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. Yes, I think you would enjoy it. For some people, going once is enough, but we used to attend every year for a long while. The children in costume are the best.

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  23. Wonderful green man :) I've never gone to our local (OH) renaissance fair but have thought about it - you got some great reference pics.

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda. I've got hundreds of reference pics - lots of fun memories.

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  24. Both paintings look amazing dear Chris. But the photos you made are amazing too. All the wonderful and made with love costumes are a great pleasure to behold for me. They are breathtaking good. I love to see those clothes from other centuries, made with more fantasy than our clothes today, isn't it? Thanks a lot
    for sharing these wonderful photos with us.
    Big Hugs
    Sabine

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    1. Thank you, Sabine. Yes, it is like walking through a time machine. Most of the costumes are pretty creative, and many people have practiced their accents. It's so much fun!

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  25. Dear Chris, Me, too, sketch around historical events such as Medieval ones. Your watercolour work is sooo beautiful and creative. Keep up your wonderful art activities. Best wishes, Sadami

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    1. Thanks so much, Sadami! Looking forward to attending this summer.

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  26. WoW, quite impressive! Are you in one of those pictures?

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  27. What a fun event! I never had the opportunity to visit such a medieval festival but maybe some day. Both your creations are beautiful, Chris. I can't pick a favorite.

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  28. What a fabulous day out! That looks like so much fun.

    I really like both versions of the plaque. What a handsome chap!

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