Monday, May 28, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Today was very challenging, I thought copying the face was difficult but the texture on the fabric of her dress was just as bad. I, again, thought that I could make "my version of". Well, no! Copying is copying stroke by stroke. I'm not sure how close I came, but it was an exercise in discipline and patience. The instructor said that most people settle for something not entirely right, because they want to be done with it. As a result, their work never progresses to a new level and they end up wasting their money and time. There's a lot of truth to that and, just between us, I was going to settle. I was going to let that fabric pattern go and dazzle everybody with her beautiful face. But once he called me on it, I couldn't, because I want to be the best artist that I can possibly be, and there are no shortcuts. Maybe that was the real lesson today.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Oil on linen. 8 x 10
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
I started early on the face, before the instructor came. I wanted to change some lines that he put in last week. I wish he wouldn't paint on my canvas. I did get a lot of useful critiques from him today, mostly concerning skin tones. I seem to lean towards the yellows too much.
The painting is coming along nicely and I'm enjoying my time at the Met. I'm learning a lot!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Vincent Van Gogh is my favorite painter of Irises. He painted them in a vase or growing in the garden; always taking care to show the individuality of the plant as a whole as it reaches out from the group to get to the light.
oil on canvas. 4 x 4
Friday, May 11, 2012
I love what I'm doing!!! I know there's a lot of things that could be improved with the painting, but it's not really that important to me right now, just being there, doing this, is great. The tourist and onlookers are pretty distracting, it only bothers me when they stand too close. And I can't figure out why they would want my picture!! I'm thinking of hanging a sign that says:"May bite if provoked", but I don't think the museum would be too happy with that.
Anyway, this is what "my Judith" looked like today. I can't wait to bring her home.
Copy after :
Judith with the Head of Holofernes
Massimo Stanzione (Italian, Neapolitan, 1585–1656)
Monday, May 7, 2012
They are so beautiful and perfectly symetric, one could never do them justice. I think of my painting them as an opportunity to study and admire them.
Oil on linen. 6 x 6
Friday, May 4, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Oil on linen. 5 x 7