View Full Version : Studying from Bouguereau-"Work Interrupted"

05-02-2008, 08:11 PM
Hello. I don't post here much, but I was just painting a small version of Bouguereau's painting, "Work Interrupted," and was wondering if anyone wanted to see a WIP.. maybe..:)

The main reason I wanted to study this painting was to study it. I mean to learn something out of it. So you will notice I'm not that tight about trying to copy it exactly the way it is in the master's painting.

Mainly I was interested in the lighting of the painting, and the skin tones.

This is how I started it. I decided not to use the grissaille/glazing technique for this painting. I wanted to try another approach just to see what happens.


And then I worked a bit on the girl's face.

And then a little bit more on the girl and the young angel in the back.

And this is where I am now.

Hopefully I'll get some more time to work on this painting later this week.
Have a great day!


05-06-2008, 10:02 PM
This is coming along nicely! Nothing wrong with trying different approaches.
Keep posting the progress!

05-07-2008, 05:40 PM
Missed this one when you first posted it. Coming along beautifully, keep up the good work.

09-07-2008, 10:58 AM
Hi Satosan. I am glad to see you here.

09-10-2008, 08:36 PM
Yes, I love to see the different methods artists use to reproduce a painting. There is no one correct method. Yours is lovely.

09-17-2008, 01:21 PM
Enjoy seeing the progress, it is turning out great!
look forward to finished piece.

10-31-2008, 12:27 PM
really excellent. Can't wait to see it finished

11-01-2008, 09:28 PM
i love the cherub's hair...all of the colors you have in there are really perfect together

11-18-2008, 01:56 AM
I've been up close to Bouguereau's work. He worked back and forth in very delicate thin layers of alternating opaque and transparent applications.

Not what one would call painterly yet not inordinately tight. And when he had dedicated models to work from, his stuff was better.

Alex Sunder
10-30-2009, 10:30 AM
Astonishing piece. Im particularly attracted by the way you rendered the face of the girl... great piece.

07-04-2011, 10:21 AM
You have done a terrific job!!!

07-08-2011, 05:41 PM
I am waiting to see your final version, it already looks very beautiful. The neck, is that how it is in the original? Looks a bit long.

07-11-2011, 12:48 PM