What a great day to paint in the studio. I decided to do a quick copy of one of my favorite Manet paintings....Portrait of Berthe Morisot. It's not a perfect copy, by any means--but instead of a slavish reproduction, my objective was massing big shapes and .....working quickly. Here are the steps:
1. It's always gratifying to use an old panel that didn't work out. I turn it upside down...so that I don't 'see' the other image.
2. Slapping down dark paint
3. indicating some quick placements.
4. massing in the light side of the face.
5. establishing (quickly) the shadow side.
6. putting down more big shapes
7. I didn't want to labor over this (it's just a study)...but I see I need to slow down some...and take more care with the drawing.
8. I've made her face too slender and her mouth isn't centered. Luckily...this is just paint and I can wipe things out and make revisions.
9. starting over with her mouth.
10. putting in the background.
11. After the corrections...I am thinking this is a fairly good study...but then I see I have her looking down instead of how Manet had her looking at us.
12. it's only paint--! So I eradicate that downcast eye.
Ok...! This is the finish. The printed copy I used to paint from made her cooler in temperature than many of the versions I later saw on the internet. Maybe I'll do a warm version next time. I enjoyed doing this and working fast. I'll do more of these copies/studies!
(Top Photo) Painting (after Edouard Manet) Berthe Morisot, oil on 16x20 canvas panel
(p.s. I didn't get to go to Art Discussion Thursday...but ----if you want to see what the artists brought....go HERE).