As you can see, this is truly a superior image to those I was able to capture with my digital camera. The colors here are very good, but there are many subtleties of the original painting that will never show up in a photograph. That being said, this is about as good as it will get on a computer screen. This image is large enough that I did not feel it necessary to include any detail shots.
Now that the painting is complete, and a good image of it is available for your scrutiny, I thought it would be appropriate to make some final comments. As has been discussed earlier in this forum, and as will be apparent to anyone familiar with the novel ‘Atlas Shrugged’ by Ayn Rand, this painting is based on and was inspired by the character of Henry Rearden, an innovator in the science of metallurgy and the owner of a large steel company. I want to stress that this is not intended no be an illustration from the novel, but a separate piece of artwork on the same theme of individual achievement.
This painting has come a long way compositionally from its origins as an idea for a cover illustration for the book, and has presented a number of new challenges for me as an aspiring classical/romantic realist painter. The composition has required a considerable amount of interpretation on my part due to the poor quality of available reference material, and the complexity of the unique lighting in the piece. Now that the painting is finished, I am pleased to say that the results have exceeded my own expectation, especially with regard to the lighting effects and the color scheme of the piece. As with any interpretation of an abstract work of literary artistic greatness such as ‘Atlas Shrugged’ there are bound to be many people who have differing views regarding many aspects of this painting, and indeed, some of these differing views have already been expressed as comments in this forum. As an artist I can only present this representation of my own vision of individual achievement and greatness, and hope that those who view it find it inspiring. I appreciate all of the comments and questions that have been sent in, and I hope that my commentary and responses have been interesting and instructive. Thank you for visiting the ‘Artist’s Studio’ and please continue to check in on the latest works of art being produced here by myself and the other artists. I will be happy to address any last comments and questions regarding this or any of my paintings as you may have them.