Portrait of Red Cloud by Spectrum on Stars Portraits

Stars Portraits > Gallery > Red Cloud by Spectrum
Red Cloud by Spectrum


(United Kingdom)
Added on June 16, 2011, 10:31 pm
Mixed media

  Oil over acrylic base. 23x14ins.

Inspired by the Dee Brown book, 'Bury my heart at Wounded Knee'. The whole book had a profound affect on me, particularly the quote by Red Cloud - "The white man made us many promises - more than I can remember, but he never kept but one: he promised to take our land - and he took it". I had some vague idea of wanting to capture the sadness and pride of these persecuted people. The resulting portrait is painted on a hardboard panel that came off an old kitchen sink unit. I used it as a cutting mat before using it to wipe excess paint off various brushes. Most of the lines that cut across the painting are real cuts in the surface. One day I vaguely detected the hint of head dress features in it, and subsequently smeared it with acrylic colours to create the base for the oil portrait.  

You must be logged in to post a comment.
Not a member yet? click here to register for free.
0 6126
umberto - 9 years ago

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :thumbup: :hi:

0 13277
karinaB - 9 years ago

Bravo!!! beautiful one!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :thumbup: :thumbup: :hi:

0 13644
manny - 9 years ago

:*D: :*D: :*D: it's wonderful :*D: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :whip: :whip:

0 1406
didgiv - 9 years ago

superbe ! :clap: :clap: :clap:

0 12442
FCARLOS - 9 years ago

:clap: :clap: :clap: :whip: :whip: :whip: :whip: :whip: :whip: :whip:

0 12675
kty-razza - 9 years ago

I realy love all your backgrounds !!! but the Indian is also very fine :*D: :*D: :clap: :clap: :clap:

1 13880
Spectrum - 9 years ago

I find blank surfaces difficult to work with, it's like I don't know where to start. So I mess about with paint, anything really, to get a coloured background and then wait to see who or what picture will suit it. Cheers, Rik

2 12675
kty-razza - 9 years ago

:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :hi:

0 6137
lhommeloiret - 9 years ago

les couleurs sont magnifiques:oO: :*D: :*D: :*D: :*D: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :thumbup:

0 12659
PhilLP - 9 years ago

Amazing !!! Wooooooooooo !!!! Great !!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :thumbup: :thumbup: :love: :love: :love: :love:

0 8035
Jojemo - 9 years ago

I have that book by Dee Brown. It touched me too. I also have Cheyenne Autumn by Mari Sandoz. (Non-fiction history). The latter was made into a movie (1964), and was the last western directed by John Ford, starring James Stewart; Richard Widmark; Edward G. Robinson; with Ricardo Montalban (Little Wolf) and Gilbert Roland (Dull Knife) as principal tribal leaders. Sal Mineo and Dolores Del Rio also had major roles in the movie, but many of the extras were Navajoes and much of the Indian language in the movie was Navajo, not Cheyenne. I like your story about the board you painted this portrait upon. I like your painting style, too. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

1 13880
Spectrum - 9 years ago

Thanks for that - the movie sounds familiar, some big names! I'd consider doing paintings in the same style, but, me being me, I usually go off on some tangent, trying something different. This painting hangs at home; it's my wife's favourite (although I haven't painted Johnny Depp yet!), and she won't let me sell it... Regards, Rik

2 8035
Jojemo - 9 years ago

If I were your wife, Rik, I wouldn't let you sell it either. It's a keeper! Joyce :wink: :hug: :hug: :hi: :cute:

0 12076
Sobaka - 9 years ago

Great texture there, you've captured the expression also! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

0 12525
MaG_NeO - 9 years ago

---SUBLIME........ WHAT A FEELING.......? GOOD LUCK!................ :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

0 16043
56breizh - 7 years ago

:clap: :clap: :clap: :whip: :whip: :whip: :blowkiss: :blowkiss: :blowkiss: :blowkiss:


  Report to moderator

Today's portrait
Céline Dion
Random portrait
Sarah Jessica Parker

Recent portraits:

Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ by LandieS
Tom York
Tom York by Ans66
Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie by klk68
Manu Dibango
Manu Dibango by beasalsa
Francisque Poulbot
Francisque Poulbot by isabella1988
Clark Gregg
Clark Gregg by Stefanosart
Abbé Pierre
Abbé Pierre by Picapenko
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange by linshyhchyang
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe by svetliaciok
see more...