Just a quick post to say Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you all survived the crazy weather, the disruption of snow removal, the falling of birds from the sky and all the other wild things that happened over the holidays.
I haven't done much during my holiday week, but I did manage to make one painting. They say that copying the Masters is a great way to learn. This copy of Renoir's Head of a Girl started out simply as a quick sketch to decide on the colors that I would use when I do it for real. For that reason, I used acrylic paint and not oil. Those of you that you know me wont be surprised that I got bogged down with it and instead of doing a quick color sketch, I tried to replicate the look of oils using heavy bodied acrylic paints.
There are lots of methods and techniques to use with acrylics and I do so love working with them especially because of the fast drying time. On the other hand, that fast drying time is the one thing that will always separate acrylics from oils. That is the reason that I will be copying this painting again soon and using oil paints. The blendability, as well as the color mixing, is so different. All that being said I offer for your viewing pleasure my version of Renoir.
I tried to use the same size canvas as the original in order to keep up the appearance of it being a copy, but as you can see, I just wasn't able to get the colors very close to the version that I was using. Now not having seen the original (which I have read is the ideal way to copy a great work), I really wasn't sure how true the colors in the art book were. At least it is recognizable as the head of a girl, so I'm happy with that. I probably will do another version of it some time.
I will be working on a huge box of photographs from my past for the next several days (I hope it doesn't turn into weeks) and won't be painting much. Organizing old photos and checking out negatives and sorting out photos to scan or reprint can take up some time. If you have any ideas on making it easier, please feel free to let me know. Otherwise I'll be immersed in the 50's, 60's, 70's, and early 80's for a bit. Wish me luck.
That's it from me for several days. Take care and have a great week!