Morning Sketch #2: Rien Poortvliet

I woke up later than is usual, but managed to get a sketch done before my dog walk.  Mr. & Mrs. were captured, in awe, by the sheer size of the elephants making their entry onto the ark.

A couple of things I learned today…I’m working in acrylic, while Poortvliet worked in watercolour.  I’m not getting the same sort of action from the paints so only began to dilute them more as I worked today.  I use a flat brush while Poortvliet, as evidenced in his interview, used a variety of brushes, mostly round.  I’ll have to get me some.  I DO sometimes find that my marks are a tad redundant but just love a flat brush for its versatility….saves from a lot of picking up and setting down.  Another thing I learned was that I haven’t used much dry brush in my practice.  I think to imitate this style more accurately, I need to pick up that technique.

I missed the inward lean of the figures…and their proportion is off…Mrs. Noah’s face is missing the expression of fear that is captured in the original and that darned hand in front of her mouth is problematic.  I looked ahead in the book and tomorrow’s image is a monochrome piece…the ark afloat in the rain on a vast sea of water.

What was Noah’s wife’s name?

“There do not seem to be any passages in the Bible referring to Noah’s wife other than the account beginning in Genesis 7:7. It does not give her name, however, according to Jewish tradition her name is Naamah – the sister of Tubal-cain, a descendant of Cain, the son of Adam and Eve (see Genesis 4:22). Why Tubal-cain’s sister (a daughter of Lamech by his wife Zillah) should be specifically mentioned is unknown. Jewish tradition made her Noah’s wife. Her name, meaning “the beautiful” or “the pleasant one,” reflects the worldly mind of the Cainites, who looked for beauty rather than for character as the chief attraction in women.”

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2 thoughts on “Morning Sketch #2: Rien Poortvliet

  1. Naamah also reflects character. It refers to a pleasant character, just as Noah’s name means ‘comfortable’. Seemingly, they were people with whom one felt comfortable.

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