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08-30-2012, 01:48 PM
I couldn't resist painting from Sargent's beautiful work. I enjoyed doing it enormously and it has taught me a lot, contrasting the smooth skin tones against the bravura brushwork of the dress, as well as gaining a better understanding of how he made the picture work.
I tried to stay close to the spirit of the original, although I adjusted the shoulders of the dress a little to make it more 'modern'.

My painting is in oil on 16x20in canvas. The cropped original follows.

Any comments very welcome.

09-01-2012, 11:27 AM
Excellent work Michael. I deleted your duplicate thread.


Dana Design
09-01-2012, 11:53 AM
Wow! A very ambitious task you've set for yourself. But you've succeeded in replicating the spirit of Sargent. She's very recognizable and your treatment of the skin tones is extremely well done.

I'll copy this to the Portraiture forum for their eyes also.

09-01-2012, 01:25 PM
Doug and Dana, many thanks for your comments, much appreciated.

Sana Almimar
09-03-2012, 08:32 AM
Michael this is really a wonderful rendering of Sargent painting ....i love it !!!!!


09-03-2012, 12:05 PM
Thank you, Sana. I had fun doing it.

09-11-2012, 02:57 PM
Following comments, I have made small adjustments to the eyes, nose and mouth.

Kodanshi Helcarver
09-16-2012, 10:46 AM
It is a great painting to copy, and you’ve really made inroads into that! I love the original, it’s one of my favourite Singer Sargent portraits. I don’t know if Lady Agnew ever really resembled that, but she has always looked so heart–stoppingly beautiful.

Good work!

09-16-2012, 10:58 AM
Excellent work!

09-16-2012, 11:16 AM
Kodanshi and Eichin, many thanks for your comments. Much appreciated. Yes, definitely one of my favourite paintings by Sargent (amongst quite a few others!).

Patricia Lloyd
09-22-2012, 09:23 PM
Absolutely lovely! Keep up the great work.

09-23-2012, 01:36 PM
Patricia, thank you so much.

04-28-2013, 07:33 AM
no knowledge of how to construct a head from knowledge, that is why you have drawing mistakes in your head.

04-28-2013, 09:48 AM
Derek, thanks again for commenting. I would appreciate to understand the mistakes you refer to.

05-10-2013, 05:22 PM
sorry, eyes uneven, nostrils uneven, mouth lopsided to the left, the rest is great and eyes well rendered

05-10-2013, 05:45 PM
look at it in a mirror

05-11-2013, 08:59 AM
You're right, Derek - thanks for making that clear.