Girl Arranging Her Hair (After Mary Cassatt)
22 x 26
Oil on Canvas
Here she is...my version of Mary Cassatt's "Girl Arranging Her Hair." I am pleased with how it turned out though I could have tinkered with it for another couple of weeks. I learned a lot painting this piece. I learned a lot about Mary Cassatt. I especially liked that she paid close attention to everything in her compositions...nothing was gratuitous or superfluous...everything had a reason for being included. My process included painting in everything just to get it all in place. I then concentrated on brush strokes. The nightgown was painted with lots of paint and rough strokes...a lot of texture.
Here you can see the original and my version. The lighting is not always stellar so mine looks much lighter...but it is not. There is sunlight coming from the huge ceiling windows and it varies according to cloud cover. I can be painting merrily when a cloud passes overhead and the room darkens...it can really throw you off. A small price to pay for being a part of this wonderful program.
Here I am in action. A dear friend and fellow artist, Lydia, stopped by and snapped a few photos of me hard at work. As always, comments were varied, numerous and complimentary. Kids always want to know why I would paint something that is already painted...they are so inquisitive. I love getting their perspective on the artwork that surrounds us.
I applied to remove my painting from the gallery...I handed my paperwork to the guard, he checked the canvas and made sure the numbers matched and OK'd my request. One more copy completed. I have begun research and am trying to decide which piece to copy next. So many paintings so little time!!!