Saturday, January 06, 2007

After John Singer Sargent


I'm a keen reader of Katherine Tyrrell's blog Making a Mark and am inspired by her post about the John Singer Sargent project. I've been in a rut with watercolours for months, feeling I'm making no progress, afraid to put paint on paper. So I copied a favourite JSS watercolour Corfu: The Terrace - not as big as the original. While I missed the mark by rather a long way, I was please to achieve more contrast of light and darks than usual. I'm posting it here in the hope that my next attempt (after studying all the resources Katherine has generously provided) will show more progress.


5 comments:

l said...

This is amazing, Robyn! What a good idea and how well you've done! Isn't Katherine a fabulous artist and her blog a rich resource? She's one of my favorite cyberbuddies.

Laura said...

Robyn, that was me, Laura of Laurelines, who sent the above comment off too fast!

MrsSnowy said...

Laura - I figured you must move fast to achieve so much! ;) Thank you so much for your encouragement. Katherine's blog has become my Cyber Art College. She got me started with a sketchbook on WetCanvas. She's great.

Katherine said...

Robyn - for some reason (Old Blogger vs New Blogger and different accounts???) my comment on this post and addition to my last post on my blog have gone missing - but it was the day Blogger was misbehaving..........

I'm adding you in again today on the latest Sargent post! let's hope it stays this time!

I love the way you've got the really deep foliage shades on this one. It's a great rendition of the original.

MrsSnowy said...

Katherine - Thank you! This was a great exercise because it did demonstrate to me that it is possible to achieve a more painterly style and be much bolder with colour. I just have to develop that magic JSS eye.

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