Monday, 18 October 2010

After John Singer Sargent

In the Painting Friends forum I belong to, we had a "Painting like the Masters" challenge.

The Master chosen was John Singer Sargent.

I chose to paint Man with Red Drapery, the original of which is housed in the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
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This is my version:




In painting this, I learned to suspend my usual method of painting, which is to have colours blend together - and instead to show brushstrokes.

I tried to imagine that I was working from an instruction book and this was the demo piece - only I couldn't read the "how to's" so I had to fathom that out for myself.

I'm very pleased with how this turned out - I wasn't looking for an exact copy, more a feeling of the original and the techniques used.

I'll now be trying to use this brushstroke technique in some of my new paintings . I hope you enjoy this one and all those to follow!

30 comments:

  1. This certainly is a contrast to your recent creations Pat. You are developing so many new skills successfully and must be delighted with the new things you are being introduced to through the Painting Friends Forum. Well done you, it's a great attempt at painting like the Masters. You'll also be a Master with your talent and commitment!

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  2. Thank you, Beryl.
    I'm certainly getting stretched! xx

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  3. This is a great way to learn Pat as I found when I tried it, and you have created an amazing painting. I love this and would say it's one of your best..It's amazing how much you can take forward from this and use in your own work, look forward to seeing lots more...

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  4. Thanks, Stephie!
    I had a great battle with myself over painting a copy - but found a way through and definitely learned some useful techniques :)

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  5. Very good version Pat! Of course is different from your last works, but I think we have to always experiment new things, new way to use the medium, etc etc. All my congratulations for this amazing work. Ciao.

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  6. Thank you, Tito - glad you think its amazing!
    Ciao xx

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  7. What a wonderful idea and yes, a great opportunity to learn from the masters. This one in particular was a wonderful study and you achieved the brush strokes perfectly. Congrats and keep at it!!!!!

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  8. Thanks, Debbie - and I surely will :) xx

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  9. Este estudio, del cuerpo humano,Te ha quedado muy bién.I am torpid in inglish.¡Pardon!.

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  10. Gracias. Por favor, publique en español ... Voy a utilizar Google Translate.
    Les deseo a sentirse a gusto aquí en mi blog xx

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  11. This is wonderful Pat. I love what you've done. You are learning all the time. I really admire you and your work.
    Hugs xx

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  12. Thank you, June - that's ncredibly kind and greatly appreciated xx

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  13. I love the limited color palette and strong values.....something I struggle with. Very nice painting, Pat.

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  14. Awesome painting, Pat! You did wonderful work, and as a bonus, learned some new things!
    Sheryl

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  15. Very well done, Pat- I checked out the original and you did an amazing painting!
    Sheryl

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  16. Thank you so much for coming back to tell me, Sheryl. You're very kind xx

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  17. Wow - I am so impressed! You are very talented :0)

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  18. Beh che dire Pat? sempre bravissima,hai creato un capolavoro,veramente bello!

    Ciao!

    Francesco

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  19. Thank you, Francesco - you are very kind indeed!
    Ciao xx

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  20. Excellent work, Pat! I love the choice of colors

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  21. How did I miss this one? You did a great work on it Pat, ain't it great to be able to learn something new that you can apply to your own works from an exercise like this? keep them coming!

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  22. Thanks, Teresa xx
    It is great to learn something new - and I have already got something in mind to do with the technique :)

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  23. Wonderful attempt here, Pat. I spent a few months painting "after the Masters " and found it to be an excellent challenge.

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  24. Pat, but it's wonderful! This was a difficult subject, and you rendered it perfectly! Brava!

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  25. Thank you so much, Cristina.:)
    I am very happy with the result. xx

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  26. Pat, I think you really learned a lot making copies, your version of Sargent's work is incredible, amazing! Very good work again, that's why I say your talented. I really liked this one too. xx

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  27. Thanks, Anamaria - some styles I can pick up easily, others are harder. xx

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