I've been in a bit of a painting slump for the last month or so. Things have gotten very busy at the office and I've had less time for the studio. I find, too, that when things are busier and more intense with the business, it is much more difficult to switch mental gears and paint.
Anyway, the Sacramento Fine Arts Center announced a show "Influenced by the Masters" and I thought that was an intriguing idea and a 'guided' way to get a little painting in. I've copied Masters before. It's a fabulous exercise - humbling too, I might add. Several years ago, I copied "Classic Beauty" by John William Godward, an English artist (b 1861- d 1922) and so I went back to his works to search for another painting to copy. I found "Campaspe" in the Art Renewal Center ( http://www.artrenewal.org/ ) library, which is an incredible place. I highly recommend it. The original is a very tall and vertical painting, but I wanted something a little less challenging, so I turned it into a horizontal of just a portion of the original. If you haven't painted from the Masters, you should. It's a wonderful learning experience....and it will give you new-found respect for what they were able to do.
Because I wanted to copy the style of the painting as much as possible (it isn't possible!) I did a fair amount of glazing on this painting, something I typically don't do. Where Godward captured exquiste form and detail, I was forced to suggest it - both by time and ability. But wow, this is fun to do. How these brilliant painters did the incredible work they did is beyond me. I can only marvel and appreciate.
The plein air frame was the only gold frame I had at hand. The painting gets submitted today, so it will have to do. Actually, I kind of like it.
|Copy of a portion of Campaspe by J.W. Godward Oil on stretched linen 12 x 16|
|Campaspe John William Godward|
By the way, Campaspe was a mistress of Alexander the Great and a prominent citizen of Larissa. She was reportedly a model for several great works. In this painting by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, the ancient Greek artist Apelles paints Campaspe as Alexander keeps a watchful (and suspicious?) eye on the proceedings.
|Giovanni Battista Tiepolo|
Painting from the Masters is just an all around great experience. Try it!
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