Monday, April 13, 2009

Copying Sargent's Vernon Lee


2.5-hour study of Sargent's portrait Vernon Lee. This is showing up really grayed out on the monitor; the skin tones are nice and vibrant in real life. 

I was exhausted after doing this!


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11 comments:

Loriann Signori said...

Love it Jala. I understand why you copy Sargent...your brush work is already very similar.

brian eppley said...

I like this alot. The way you keep it loose and in your own style is a difficult thing to achieve while doing a study from another. Also, I wear glasses just like these so I am a biased 4 eyes.

Edward Burton said...

Beautiful job, Jala.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Jala, I would love to see the original painting. Can you steer me? I can "see" where a lot went into making this painting. Amazing.

Jala Pfaff said...

Hi guys, thanks so much. Strangely, I completely missed the entire head tilt when starting to copy it. Shame on me for not noticing. Other than that I was pretty happy with it. The skin colors really are vibrant in real life.

Janelle, do an image search on Google for "John Singer Sargent Vernon Lee" and you should get lots of images of it.

r garriott said...

I bet you were exhausted! Sargent is deceptively hard to copy. You're very brave to give it another go.

Mona said...

Nice Jala. Do you work on unprimed linen or do you tone your canvas?

Sandra Galda a Daily Painter said...

This is amazing!

Laurel Daniel said...

Tired, but I bet you learned a boatload. Love it.

Jala Pfaff said...

Hi R - Is he? I haven't been a good student--have not really copied anyone 'till now, so have nothing to compare with. I just know I love his work so much. I'm in awe when I examine his paintings.

Hi Mona - Do you mean imprimatura? I buy my linen already oil-primed, and I do an imprimatura before the painting.

Sandra - Thanks!

Laurel - Indeed. My brain was fried after so much concentration, but I'll definitely be doing some more copying of him.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

Very nice, Jala. I like it and the probably much simpler odd shaped pear you painted.