I am back at the National Gallery of Art painting Beatrice Townsend by John Singer Sargent. This is the result of my first day's work. I still have a lot to do but I am pleased with my progress so far. I really haven't touched the face but everything else has been at least blocked in and some things shaded a bit. I remember thinking I could not wait to get to that red sash...that beautiful red sash. I grabbed a glob of alizarin crimson and stroked the canvas....AACK!!! The sash is NOT alizarin crimson red. It is much more terra cotta/orange red. The lessons I learn when I *think* I know what I am doing!!! So with the correct color mixed I painted the sash. Happy happy me.
I start out at home sketching the piece and getting a feel for where everything is. It is all about relationships. Once I was pretty comfortable with the sketch I headed to the gallery.
When at the National Gallery of art I set up my easel and began sketching on the canvas. I brought a blank white canvas. My first two tries were not successful...but undaunted I persevered and managed to get everything in the right place...or pretty close!
My loving husband of 39 years (our anniversary is the 15th!!!) stopped by to see how I was doing and took some actions shots!
I did get quite a few questions from visitors this time...a lot of people asking about the process of applying to become a copyist. I always try to be helpful and pleasant. As I packed up to leave a groups of teenage girls stopped by and asked if they could take a picture of me with my painting...there exact words were "you are awesome"!!! So I left the gallery with a huge smile on my face that will take days to fade.