Wednesday, February 12, 2014

February Artfest: Crystal Visions by Clyde Caldwell

Crystal Visions by Clyde Caldwell
One of the things that I love about this oil painting by Clyde Caldwell is the idea that this sorceress has gotten up late one night, teased her hair and come down in her nightie to start scrying on her boyfriend who's probably cheating on her. Seriously, the look on her face says it all. 

Your thoughts?

11 comments:

  1. I've always liked Caldwell, though I think of him much like Larry Elmore. Good stuff, but not on the same plane as the truly great D&D artists.

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    1. Who do you qualify as the truly great artists of D&D?

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    2. I would say Keith Parkinson was one of the great ones, but that's just me. Personally, I am a huge Elmore fan, and Caldwell ain't that bad at all either. I have to say that Fred Fields was one of my least favorite D&D artists. That's just my opinion, of course...

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    3. For my money, there are only three, maybe four truly great D&D artists: Trampier, Otus, and Brom, and maybe Jeff Dee (I'd add Tim Bradstreet, but he didn't do much D&D, as I recall; same goes for Eric Hotz). There are many others who are very good, perhaps (Elmore, Caldwell, Easley, Wham, and such), and others who do what needs to be done and do it well enough (Sutherland, notably, but there are others), but those three or four are the only ones who really transcend the medium and genre, of the old-school artists (I don't pay much attention to the modern crew, other than the couple I know personally).

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    4. Interesting. You've given me something to think about, like always, faoladh. :)

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  2. this sorceress has gotten up late one night, teased her hair and come down in her nightie to start scrying on her boyfriend who's probably cheating on her

    I never thought of this painting that way, but now that you point it out, I may never think of it any other way.

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  3. I was watching way too much MTV at the time, so I always associated her with Stevie Nicks.

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