Archive for November, 2010

Christ Illuminated

I have seen many “portraits” of Jesus Christ and most of them leave me cold. Some are dark and emphasize his suffering. Some are too “fluffy” and depict a very effeminate person. The most famous and best selling one is by Warner Sallman, which shows a masculine but compassionate face, in partial profile. That one most people recognize immediately. Definitely not Blackbeard the Pirate!

I wanted to portray a man who is awakened to his Divine Nature, who is in a blissful state of union with the Godhead. I thought it would be interesting to incorporate both a modern and ancient style in the painting. The illuminated background and the gold colors give it a medieval look, while the bold line around the face provides a contemporary graphic element. The eyes are the focal point here and I wanted to capture a feeling of joy and wonder, a transcendent rapture.

This work is not yet posted for sale on my website but if you send me an e-mail via the site’s contact page I can send you a giclee print, custom sized to your specifications. See blog roll for web link.

Jesus Christ Illuminated

Christ Illuminated

Here are the commonly known facts about this painting, found online at

The reappearance of Waterhouse’s Boreas in the saleroom in the mid 1990s caused a sensation as it had been lost for 90 years. Called Boreas after the north wind in Greek mythology, the work shows a young girl in a windswept landscape. In 1904 the Royal Academy notes described the subject as: “In wind-blown draperies of slate-colour and blue, a girl passes through a spring landscape accented by pink blossom and daffodils”. Since then, the picture’s whereabouts have been unknown and it was referred to as “lost” in Anthony Hobson’s 1989 biography of Waterhouse.

The painting was sold for £848,500 ($1,293,962) – the record price for a Waterhouse at the time.

After putting hundreds of hours into re-imagining this painting I have decided to offer it for sale as a limited edition print in much higher resolution for $200 Cdn. I will sell the full painting or this cropped one. This decision was made after seeing an “original” oil by someone in Vietnam for $500 a month ago. Please contact me via my website at if you are interested in purchasing a print.  I would like to connect with anyone who is doing digital restoration of any of the old masters paintings. The implications of this kind of work may be far reaching. This is very demanding work, requiring great attention to details of color and texture, so as to retain the sense of the original while removing the flaws of time.

Boreas recreated by Inglis

Here is the full painting with the background slightly altered, but retaining Waterhouse’s impressionist brushwork. The face is re-createded to make it stronger and more sensuous. Waterhouse’s original face is washed out and fragile looking (see Boreas part Three). The oil paint is badly cracked. I reworked the upper areas of the shawl to create more of a feeling of flow and movement. Of course I left his signature intact in the lower left corner. I spent hundreds of hours on this re-creation as a labour of love, making it available for download. However, in Oct 2011 I visited a gallery in Vancouver where they have a poorly done “original oil” painted by someone in Vietnam. Its price was approximately $500. As of Nov 2011, I have decided to make this version available for sale as a high resolution archival print for $200. Please visit my online gallery at and send me an e-mail if you are interested in a print. Any size less than 48″ wide can be printed.  Link to the site on the bottom of this page.

Boreas, the North Wind, recreated by Inglis

Boreas by Waterhouse part three

Here is the new face, painstakingly recreated in Corel Painter, using mostly the blender brushes and airbrush variants. I used the lasso tool to give the face a sharper outline against the dark blue of the sleeve. Also repainted the daffodil, giving it more definition.
I gave the skin a golden tone, in contrast with the cooler blues and grays of the dress and shawl. This area of the painting gets a more detailed treatment, whereas the background remains more impressionistic, as Waterhouse originally painted it. The next post is the whole painting with all my changes. Its important to know when to stop with such a project.

Boreas re-imagined

Here is the original painting in the best format I could find online. The woman’s face looks somewhat sad and fragile. Perhaps the North Wind is making her cold? Also the cracks of time are beginning to show in this oil painting. I felt that it deserved a new lease on life so the resulting work is seen in my next post.

Boreas by Waterhouse part one

I have become obsessed by a painting…Boreas (the North Wind) by John William Waterhouse. So much so that I have been repainting it digitally, restoring the cracked areas, and giving it a new look. I also have reworked the face to make it look stronger and more sensuous. So far I have spent many hours on this project, with no hope of reward or compensation or of many people even seeing it. Why? I honestly don’t know. The next few posts will document the changing painting: from the original which i downloaded to the final version, which I will be framing and hanging on my wall at home. Stay tuned.

Boreas re-created