Sunday, July 11, 2010

"Maud" after Eakins

Last summer I did a copy of one of Sargents little Capri girl paintings so this summer I decided to try an Eakins. The drawing and painting are both 8"x10". I transferred the block-in with tracing paper and then did a wipeout with burnt umber. I tried to give it the look of one of Eakins unfinished paintings so I added Flake white to the lighter areas by scumbling over the wipeout. Since taking these photos I've already started to model the pencil drawing. It's amazing how broadly Eakins would paint the forms before adding just enough refinement to make them live. I don't know why I'm making such a small copy. I guess it's because I have a box of wood panels with glued linen laying around. This is going to be a fun challenge.

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