Thursday, June 23, 2011

I'd rather be painting...

Having returned from an inspirational week at the Illustration Master Class in Amherst, I am dying to continue the work on a large panel I began as a demonstration there. Today I'll lock the door of the studio and enjoy some time with Frodo, his orc torturer in Cirith Ungol, and a long session of Phillip Glass' Koyaanisqatsi... I hope your day is as pleasurable!


In the Tower of Cirith Ungol: Prisoner
48" x 36"
Oil on Panel
In Progress


  1. (With fist in air...) Damn, you. Damn you to heeelll! That foot and hand are just gorgeous! And I always enjoy seeing an artists workspace. My only question is where are the references? Keep up the great, inspirational work.

  2. I was going to ask the same thing question as the above commenter. Do you not use reference once you start painting? I would think that you would have to to get this sort of result.

  3. If I was a woman, I would have your baby after seeing this painting.

    So damn awesome!

  4. Wow! Never thought I would drool over dirty toenails:)

  5. Donato, my friend, that's an inspirational foot!

  6. I sorely missed seeing you this year at IMC.
    I hope it was fun.
    Your work is getting pretty good, keep it up (Nyuk, nyuk).

  7. I don't know how this post escaped my attention. After seeing the beginnings of this at IMC, I can't wait it's completion. I'm loving the zoom in on both this piece and your Joan of Arc. I feel as if I'm hiding in a corner of the tower, personally witnessing Frodo's mistreatment.

  8. Donato,
    This was a really inspiring post. Thanks for sharing.

  9. It's lovely to know that Lord of the Rings and Koyaanisqatsi is a means of inspiration for other painters :)


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