Mashup #1 oil on canvas

Mashup #1 oil on canvas, 24″  x 30″, private collection

Oil on canvas
24″ x 30″
Private collection

 

mash up

  1. To take elements of two or more pre-existing pieces of music and combine them to make a new song.
  2. A song comprised of elements of two or more pre-existing pieces of music.
  3. I’m in the middle of mashing-up songs by Tom Jones and Michael Jackson. (verb usage)
  4. I’ll play my mash-up of Tom Jones and Michael Jackson at the club tomorrow night. (noun usage)

–urbandictionary.com

 

 

In Mashup #1 I was challenged to bring together elements of two different paintings by old masters and merge them into a cohesive whole; an entirely new composition. It’s a cool idea and though by no means my own, I think it would be fun to explore a series, so expect to see more mashups in the future. Consider yourself warned. 😉

 

 

Unidentified reference painting of a coastal sunset

Unidentified reference painting of a coastal sunset.

 

Anyway, I finally settled on Caspar David Friedrich’s Tree of Crows and this seascape I can no longer identify. Tree of Crows, which was acquired by the Louvre the year I was born, is considered one of Friedrich’s most compelling paintings. Unfortunately, as far as the seascape, any notes I have of the artist or title appear long gone. Every once in a while I do a Google image search, but I haven’t yet made an identification. If you happen to recognize it, please let me know in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tree of Crows, a painting by Caspar David Freidrich

Tree of Crows, a painting by Caspar David Freidrich.

 

 

Essentially I reduced Tree of Crows to its most basic element, the tree, and superimposed it onto the other painting. I did make a few other modifications, but my main intent was to retain the sky and sea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mashup #1 oil on canvas work in progress photo of the early stages

The only known photograph of the early stages of painting Mashup #1.

 

 

There are no photographs of the early stages Eventually one photograph of the early stages surfaced; cameras weren’t ubiquitous on phones then as they are now. I do have a few progress shots of the later stages of painting. They are of varying and questionable quality, but reflect the stages of progress the painting went through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mashup #1 oil on canvas work in progress photo

The foreground and tree in the early stages of development.

 

 

The foreground is relatively undeveloped at this point. There is not a lot of detail on the tree, either.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mashup #1 oil on canvas work in progress photo

A late stage photo of Mashup #1 in progress.

 

 

This is an admittedly bad photograph of the foreground and the tree a little further developed. In spite of the glare from an over head light (or perhaps because of it) you can begin to make out the texture in the tree and s bit in the foreground, as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mashup #1 oil on canvas work in progress photo

Mashup #1 oil on canvas after the first coat of varnish.

 

 

I used 3 different mixes of varnish on this painting. A matte varnish for the foreground with its haze and fog and tree, gloss varnish for the sea as it disappears far off in the horizon, and a mix of the two to create a subtle atmosphere for the sky.

 

The original painting is owned by a private collector and is not available.

 

 

 

 

 

❤️,

Phaedra