Here are the last for a while.

The first was a painting by Rembrandt van Rijn from 1660, “Portrait of a Gentleman with a Tall Hat and Gloves”, or as I call it- “Hank”- oh why not? At least it’s a shorter title.

Rembrandt: "Portrait of a Gentleman with a Tall Hat and Gloves" c.1660

The second is from a painting of Se├▒ora Sabasa Garcia, by Francisco de Goya in 1811. I never quite got the head right, it’s a bit elongated, there were a lot of tourists getting in my way during this one, but that’s no excuse for sloppy work. Oh well, not everything is a masterpiece. ­čśŤ

Francisco de Goya : "Se├▒ora Sabasa Garcia" c. 1811

The last painting of the day was Lady Elizabeth Delme and Her Children by Sir Joshua Reynolds from 1779. I loved the little girl’s face and since I bailed on the dog from the Sargent painting (in my last art post) I decided to tackle this mutt. Thought it came out… ok.

Sir Joshua Reynolds : "Lady Elizabeth Delm├ę and Her Children" c.1779

The last is actually from a small bronze by Pierre-Eugene-Emile H├ębert the Amazon Preparing for Battle from the late 1800s. It was the last of the day and I had to leave so I didn’t get everything in, but I loved the drapery on this one.

Pierre-Eugene-Emile H├ębert : "Amazon Preparing for Battle" cast 1882

OK- that’s the end of these for a while. I’m back on to my GI Joe assignments- so it may be a bit before I get anything like these up here again. Until next time- enjoy.


March 21, 2010

So today I hit the National Gallery with a few of the guys from “Word Balloon”, a comic group in DC made up of a variety of comic fans, editorial cartoonists, and painters. We went down to see the exhibit “The Sacred Made Real” a collection of spanish paintings and sculptures from the 17th century, with a few by one of my favorite artists Diego Valzquez. On the lower level of the west building was “From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection”. Although the first exhibit was a joy, there was one painting in the Chester Dale exhibit that pulled most of the group in, Portrait of Sonia by Henri Fantin-Latour from 1890. It’s a beautiful image and despite the low-key expression, the elegance of the subject is captured with a tenderness that implies a more personal association with the artist. Of course, I could just be reading more into it than there is, but that’s what I do with images from that era.

Anyway, once the group headed home, I decided to go back and get in at least one sketch. Somehow, if I make a trip to the gallery and don’t draw something, I feel like it was a missed opportunity. So an hour later here’s what I had. I never get the eyes right, but then part of that could be trying to get the subtle details with a charcoal pencil that has the tip of a drum stick. Oh well…

Those eyes! UGH!