Saturday, June 22, 2013
National Gallery of Art - Beatrice Townsend by John Singer Sargent
I am at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC again and working on Beatrice Townsend by John Singer Sargent. I was having some difficulty with my colors last week so researched Sargent's palette and practiced mixing some colors in preparation of this weeks visit. I am making progress...I did a lot of work on the background the face and the little puppy. I still have a lot to do on the face...but thank heaven I have time! ;) For the puppy I concentrated on the exact brush strokes to show the dog's features. It was so fun to think that I am trying to copy the exact brush strokes!!! It really was evident more than any other part of the painting because the strokes are so defined.
My joke of the week...an elderly lady walked up to me and asked if I painted the one on the wall also. I really thought she was joking so I replied that I DID but it was many years ago. I told her I was much older than I looked. She walked away nodding!!! I had to run after her and tell her I was joking! It was painted by John Singer Sargent and I had her read the information under the painting. Whew!!!
I was, once again, overwhelmed by the complimentary comments of the visitors to the gallery. Most people are so very nice. Only one man said "it kind of looks like he one on the wall"...I thought ....kinda is OK...after all it IS JOHN SINGER SARGENT for pete's sake!