Yes, I plan to post the others as time allows. I am also remembering that Dyansen has some interesting differences, too. I already have Collectors Gallery scanned to upload over the weekend.
I was never sure if the original Collectors Gallery was on board or canvas. I want to say I recall it being canvas, but I need to readily admit that is probably just a wild guess. I will look more closely at the picture before I scale it down for posting here.
NA this is wonderful! I agree with you about the original vs the graphic and the fact that you have the binder is infinitely awesome, It seems as though the photos weren't fixed well in the developing process leading to color loss later. Best to scan them all now. Are you able to post an image comparison between the Collectors Gallery painting and the graphic? Was collectors Gallery painted on canvas or board?
It must be extra cool for you that your large graphic of Collectors Gallery came from Joan's cache.
(I read that on the HA site when it was first listed.)
Aside from the prudence in knowing a specific print's provenance, I always like things like that just for extra "neat-o" factor, especially, in this case, since she is so tied to Nagel for us collectors.
I had a few extra minutes to play with the original in Photoshop. Not sure if this matches up, but this is a best guess on what the original might look like if it were restored. Of course, being a a big fan of Nagel's Joan, I couldn't resist.Rob Frankel[url][url][image]
Based on some photos of Joan Collins from the era, particularly when she was posing for a photo shoot, her hair could get quite big. See below. :)
i find it curious that patrick chose to paint the complete head of joan. the limited eyebrow too. all the other nagel aspects appear present in the image though: ear rings, limited and small nose. the hair seems a little more flared though and i wonder what he was trying to convey with that. probably something to do with the joan collins imagenone the less, better than being bronzed, put on a wheaties box, or disney cryo-preserved. in fact, i think somewhere in the bible, along where it describes the streets of gold, some will get their portrait painted by patrick nagel. which is kind of odd, cuz i don't think patrick was a believershe is striking!
For the image itself, one thing I learned a long time ago was to flip art upside down to see if it is still remarkable. Based on Betty Edwards' book Drawing with the Right Side of the Brian, this essentially encourages your brain to see things for their actual lines and abstract forms rather than seeing things as "That is an eye." or "That is a shoulder."
The trick they used in class was to taking something your left brain recognizes, like a painting of Thomas Gainsborough Blue Boy, and turn it upside down. In that way, the brain starts using the right hemisphere more, and amazingly, the drawings we all had to do came out more accurate to the original because we were hindered from used prejudiced notions of, "This is where lips go" or "a shadow should go here."
It did wonders for nearly all the class in improving the drawing of the replica.
Years later, when I flip Nagel's Joan Collins upside down, I really appreciate all that line and shape in the piece.
Yep. I am weird. :)