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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Frodo in New Art Travesty ~ "St. Sebastian Healed by St. Irene"….

Posted on 2006.05.24 at 21:49
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A new “Frodo as St. Sebastian” manip....

(I got a little carried away fiddling with this manip and made two versions. I am unable to choose which I finally preferred, so I am posting both.)

~ Detail of Frodo as St. Sebastian, by Francesco del Cairo.

As you art fans know, St. Sebastian is a favourite subject in Western art. Since the Renaissance, he has typically been depicted as stripped and bound to a post or column, pierced by arrows....
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The pathos of this manip is highly suited to the poem jan-u-wine made for it. Written from Ioreth's point of view, it's a gorgeous poem, simple, spare, and eloquent.
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katakanadian at 2006-05-25 16:49 (UTC) (Link)
Fabulous! One thing you might try doing if you want to make photrealistic Frodo blend in more naturally to the painting is to create a new layer and clone some texture from the painting over the photo. e.g. in the examples below I took the liberty of working with your new piece. I cloned from the pillow over Frodo's face and lowered the layer opacity to 30% then I played with the blend mode and found I liked the overlay and soft light blends the best.

mechtild at 2006-05-25 17:06 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks you, katakanadian!

How do you clone a layer? I have a "clone brush" with variable opacity which I use all the time, but do you mean you can lift off a whole layer, like a scrim to a pre-selected area or something.

Also, in such small images, I can't really see what you have done. Could you send me full-sized copies to look at?

My email is mechtild1@gmail.com


ex_lbilover at 2006-05-25 16:49 (UTC) (Link)
This is an exquisite match of image and words, Mechtild. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous manip and Jan-u-wine's equally gorgeous poem.
mechtild at 2006-05-25 17:11 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Ibilover. I am lucky to have met jan-u-wine quite by chance (over a Frodo manip). It's been wonderful to see the way she creates wonderful works by painting with words, contemplating visual images that move her.
frodoholic at 2006-05-25 17:11 (UTC) (Link)

What a wonderful manip and introduction.

mygod Frodo's beauty and the angst of this piece are the perfect combination for ripping one's heart out. Poor little thing! gah.
The marred face version fits more with the subject matter but both are gorgeous.
mechtild at 2006-05-25 17:13 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I think "Frodo marred" is going to win, Frodoholic. And why not? Is there a character created that suffers more beautifully, more poignantly, and more inspiringly? :)

bagma at 2006-05-25 18:34 (UTC) (Link)

You have surpassed yourself with this manip. Your work is even better than the original painting! But maybe it has something to do with the model as well... :) Thank you for sharing it with us.

The poem is beautiful too, and very moving.
mechtild at 2006-05-25 19:43 (UTC) (Link)
But maybe it has something to do with the model as well... :)

Ha! I am sure it does!

I worked longer on this manip than any other, Bagma. The painting was a completely different texture than any photograph, and the neck was all wrong for any of the possible Frodo faces I might use. I had never tried to do such a lot of exposed painting work.

The poem is lovely. I am so fortunate to have met jan-u-wine through the manips. I think our handful of "collaborations" have brought out the best in both: the manips inspired her to write, her poems illuminate the manips.
hobbitlove83 at 2006-05-25 18:50 (UTC) (Link)
Such beauty, both your manip and jan's poem...

Bless the both of you!!
mechtild at 2006-05-25 19:44 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thank you, Hobbitlove. You are generous to say so!
Estelanui - Francesca
estelanui at 2006-05-25 20:42 (UTC) (Link)
Mechtild, your 'Ringbearer and Ioreth' manip form a splendid pairing with Jan-u-wine's poetry. It's a perfect post-quest gapfiller.
At the end I was teary as if it were a new Professor's chapter lost and now at last found.
Thank you for these moving emotions.
mechtild at 2006-05-25 23:25 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Estelanui, I am SO glad you liked it! You are so conversant with this school of art, I am betting.

The poem jan-u-wine wrote really did it, don't you think? *sniffles*
alchemie at 2006-05-25 21:13 (UTC) (Link)
I followed the breadcrumbs from mews1945's journal. Your artwork is absolutely stunning! Well done you!
mechtild at 2006-05-25 23:26 (UTC) (Link)
Why, thank you, Alchemilla! You are most gracious. Than you for stopping in and commenting. :)
pearlette at 2006-05-25 21:29 (UTC) (Link)

*dies* *drools* *dreams*

60 comments and counting, Mechtild!

Oh, I will always love Frodo. :)
mechtild at 2006-05-25 23:27 (UTC) (Link)
Isn't he the best? I mean, The Best?
julchen11 at 2006-05-25 21:39 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you dear for this wonderful post!
The manip is brilliant! I'm at a loss of words ...
The poem is so beautiful ...
Thank you for everything ...

You know how much I love your works, they are always stunning!

*hugs you*
mechtild at 2006-05-25 23:28 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Julchen. You are always a generous, encouraging commenter. *smooch*
julchen11 at 2006-05-26 04:26 (UTC) (Link)
I've started this wonderful new day with your feedback, the day couldn't start better sweetie.
I am looking at your manips again and again, reading this wonderful poem and I am so touched I can't express my feelings. I'm moved to tears because of the beauty of this incredible works.
I read all the comments, the feedbacks ... they are amazing. I will add this post to my favourites, god I love this so much I can't tell you.

Have a wonderful day my dear, keep your spirit and go on this way.

I saved lots of jan_u_wine's poems, they are simply gorgeous.

In the works of you both you can FEEL your heartbeats. I want to say so much but I can't find the right words. All I can say is THANK YOU thousand times.

*hugs you both*
mechtild at 2006-05-28 04:53 (UTC) (Link)
Golly, Julchen, you are SO NICE!!!!! Your real life friends are such luckies to know you in person.
taerie at 2006-05-28 04:33 (UTC) (Link)
That was sooo sweet. I enjoyed this very much Mechtild. Both the poem and the manip. That manip I can't look at too long.. my heart starts bleeding. But for short periods of time it hurts so good.
mechtild at 2006-05-28 04:55 (UTC) (Link)
That manip I can't look at too long.. my heart starts bleeding. But for short periods of time it hurts so good.

Hey, I'll give you a compress. Made out of Frodo's chocolate velvet trousers from FotR. There, that's better, now, isn't it?

((((((Taerie)))))) You are so kind in your posts!
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-05-30 10:11 (UTC) (Link)
Your ‘Frodo Art Travesty’ and jan-u-wine’s poem ‘On the Field of Cormallen’ are both full of sensitivity and loveliness. Thank you ladies.

The manip is bursting with angst but there is still, to me, tenderness flowing from it thanks to St. Irene. She is completely absorbed with her patient while administering her gentle service. Poor hurt sweet beautiful Frodo.

*Hands St. Irene a fresh bowl of whatever it is she is using and leans in close to see how she is using it*.

I wonder if I could be so concentrated with Frodo under my care ;)
mechtild at 2006-05-30 12:59 (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if I could be so concentrated with Frodo under my care ;)

I am sure you could, Este. Like the Vala in your icon, you would not look upon such a one without wishing to do your very best to help. When I look at the manip again today, thinking of how this country celebrated a memorial day of war dead yesterday, it makes me think of the women and men who have cared for wounded soldiers through the ages. How many an older woman or man must have looked at the broken and damaged bodies of the young men under the care of their hands and been terribly moved, filled with a mix of feelings, depending how valuable they thought it was to have fought in this or that combat.

Thanks for commenting, Este. (I'm betting that's athelas steeping in the bowl.)
ellinestel at 2006-08-08 21:30 (UTC) (Link)
Oh... Oh... Oh... How did I manage to miss THAT?!!!! :0

mechtild at 2006-08-08 21:58 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, you got to see it! I'm so pleased, Ellin. I believe this one (except for "Frodo and the Enamoured Woman") is probably my all-time fave for being both beautiful to look at and deeply moving.

*seconds your sigh*
44edward at 2013-09-12 02:29 (UTC) (Link)

Frodo as St Sebastian

wonderful creation
mechtild at 2013-09-18 02:46 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Frodo as St Sebastian

I'm so pleased you liked it. I loved the way it came out. And the piece by jan-u-wine from Ioreth's point of view makes it even better.
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