Today we were allowed to chose from sets of old black and white photos with which to do value studies. One of them was an old black and white photo of John Singer Sargent. I had NOT wanted to do it again because I made a hash out of it last March at Spruill the last day of class. Today I paid rapt attention. Took copious notes and this is what I did!!
I am quite pleased with the way he turned out. I used lots of color but not too much. Got some color mingling going on...I think it has a nice glow. I actually did things like put on color and pulled it out with a wet brush so it was not so heavy. Should have done that on the flowers yesterday. 1/2 sheet Fabriano cold press.
Colors...skin cad red light, cad yw light, raw sienna and ultramarine in face shadows with a touch of carmine under the nose. Other colors...yellow ochre, viridian and chrome oxide in the grass with raw sienna, cobalt and ultramarine blue touches. Clothing - raw sienna, cobalt, burnt sienna. I know there are more but I left my notebook back at the classroom...sorry.
The sky is my favorite easiest sky ever...I slung a watery cerulean across the sky. I rolled the brush into it...presto chango ...instant clouds!!
Lots of dripping and splattering and dripping to get to this point.
This is the one I painted in March when I took his class at Spruill Center in Atlanta. NOT so bad but not as good as the one I did today I think!
Charles Reid's demo from today! He is so fabulous to watch paint. He twitches the brush here, twitches it there and magically a person or flower appears...its nothing short of amazing. I tried to buy his magic paint brush but its not for sale...maybe I will get there in 57 more years of practice. He has been painting since he was 14..he's now 78...this is what 64 years of painting will get you!
Just wanted to add that Charles Reid is a terrific teacher. He and his wife Judy are just the nicest down to earth people. He may paint with the stars but he's a real person. They both try to do anything they can to facilitate the class! Thanks Charles and Judy Reid!!
Thanks for looking!!
Thanks for looking!!