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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Big Project




Hi everyone,  I have taken on a big project for me.  I am painting a 24 X 30 canvas and I am using one of John Singer Sargeant's paintings for inspiration.  The painting is Lady Agnew , I love Sargeant's works as I'm sure most of you do too. In my own defense,  I am painting from the monitor and when I zoom in things aren't quite as clear, excuses, lol.   I thought I would occasionally post a wip photo to let you know where I am,  I will be at this one for a while.  I gessoed the canvas and threw in a little red acrylic paint to give it some color.  I thinned down burnt umber and sketched the image on the canvas.  I can tell that my drawing is a bit off,  her left arm will have to come down a lot so I'll make adjustments as I paint.  So here are two photos, in the first I had started putting paint on her face and then remembered to photograph it.  The second is a close up of her face,  maybe still needs work.  Anyway I am having a great time and that's what counts,  painting should be fun. I'll paint small ones to post as I go along.  Wish me luck,  it's only paint, right?

10 comments:

neetzy said...

Oh you are so ambitious! The face is beautiful. I don't think anything is "off" but I'm not sure what her left art is. (left eye maybe? ha-ha!) You really have a lovely way with portraits and I think copying Sargeant will help you learn some of his "magic". I'm getting ready to do some fall landscapes (my favorites). Haven't had the right light to do my plein air, but I've taken lots of photos with good light. I picked up a canvas I started last fall and started adding to it. It became kind of abstract. Lots of fun. Not finished enough to post.

Barbara Pask said...

Hi neetzy, I meant her left arm, lol. I corrected it, need to check out these things more carefully. I don't know how this will turn out but I am having a good time and I think that is the main thing. I'll check in on you and look forward to seeing the landscapes. Fall is beautiful, my favorite time. Thanks for checking in on me.

Karen Hargett said...

Hi Barb - wow what a project. It looks like you are off to having a great time. I'll be following your progress.

onpainting said...

Looking good - I painted my daughter in this pose

www.wrjones.onpainting.com in the portraits.

I made the mistake of painting on a canvas that was not wide enough so I had to move the arm that would have been over the chair side.

Pattie Wall said...

You go Barb! This is gonna be a great lesson, it looks like. Don't you love these longer taking paintings? You can really get into them! I, too, will be checking back.

Sharon Wright said...

Wow, terific start! I painted this too, and had a thoroughly fantastic time of it. It is a beautiful painting, but I made mine different by painting my, younger, face on it. How I would love to dress in such clothes!
How I would love to paint such pictues!

www.artbreak.com/sewsew/works

I called it "Fantasy"

I shall follow with great interest.

Barbara Pask said...

Hi Karen, Hopefully it will turn out well but at least I am giving it a go.

Barbara Pask said...

Hi onpainting, That's a great idea, putting your daughter is this painting. I keep adjusting too, her hand will be down much farther than where I originally had it sketched in.

Barbara Pask said...

Thanks for stopping by Pattie, I do want to take my time with this one and enjoy the process.

Barbara Pask said...

HI Sharon, Painted your own face in it, how cool. I am amazed by John Singer Sargeant, he was surrounded by people that looked like this. I wish I could afford to hire models and put them in costume from this era, a lot more exciting than the way we dress now.