Thursday, May 16, 2013

National Gallery of Art - second visit

This is my second visit to the National Gallery of Art participating in the Copyist's program.  I am copying "Plum Brandy" by Edouard Manet.  I continue to learn, not only about the painting process, but I have also learned so very much about the artists of that time.  Along with the research I do at home, I am able to listen in on the tours going through the National Gallery of Art and find out all sorts of interesting things about the artists in the specific room I am painting in.  It is an education on so very many levels.  

Today's tours included a discussion on Manet's brush bold and apparent they are.  Traditionally brush strokes, or paintings in general, were meant to accurately depict the subject...much like a photograph.  Once the camera was invented paintings became more about the art and less about directly copying to record an historic or family likeness.  Manet was a frontrunner in painting in an impressionistic manner and in depicting scenes from every day life instead of a posed more formal scene.    

Today's other big lesson is about color.  I have been struggling with mixing colors and getting the right shades.  This process is teaching me to be more thoughtful when I mix take my time and get it right the first time.  

Joke for the day...a young man was looking at my work and I happened to stroke the canvas with the wrong I wiped off the stroke I leaned over to him and said "either he is wrong or I am...I am not sure"...well he found me less than amusing!  Good thing I appreciate my jokes!  

To say I am enjoying this experience would be an understatement.  This is one of the most significant things I have done to improve my artwork.  Stay tuned...


  1. Very inspiring post Maria. I loved seeing all the photo's of you working. I'm enjoying the progress of your museum work.

  2. I agree with Nancy. This is so inspiring, Maria. And exciting! Thanks so much for sharing your adventure. Keep up the awesome work!

  3. This looks like so much fun and a wonderful learning process which I think every one of us should do!

  4. Maria, I'm really loving hearing about your adventures at the National Gallery of Art! I'm not sure your friend has a very good sense of humor because that is funny. I bet you really learn a lot with this. It's such a great thing to do!!

  5. Absolutely agree with Cathy - the guy clearly lacks the essential funny bone. Probably a congenital defect, poor man.

    What a wonderful experience for you -and with a refresher course in art history to boot! Loving this!

  6. Inspiring and would just love to be in your pocket and get to see very proud of you! Enjoy every minute and keep posting as we are all loving see you grow! Congrats on being brave and going for it!!


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