Girl Arranging Her Hair by Mary Cassatt
I am continuing my fantastic voyage reproducing "Girl Arranging Her Hair" by Mary Cassatt, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. After setting up, the challenge began. Painting the facial features was first on my agenda. The angle of the head...the nose...eyes and lips all seemed to elude my eye and it seemed I was going down fast without a life vest...but then a glimmer of hope...the features started to fall into place. Painting shapes instead of features led me to a reasonable likeness. I am sure Mary Cassatt was worried...but I hope she is feeling better now. I know I am. There is still much to do...but I am excited...and anxious for next friday to arrive!
Comments today were numerous and generous to say the least! One little girl about 5 years old could not figure out why I would want to paint a painting that had already been done. She asked a dozen questions. A two and one half year old just kept asking "why"...every time I said anything. And there were various and as sundry "Atta girls" which I always appreciate. There were a lot of what I call "close watchers" People who want to see what is going on...up close and personal. Two people tripped on my stool. That is when I have to step back and take a break. And...as I was leaving the guard told me I was doing a good job...so smiling I left the gallery...anxious to get back next Friday.