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dollardays
03-31-2011, 02:25 PM
CECILIA BEAUX
1855-1942


For the month of April we will look at Cecilia Beaux, considered by many to be the finest woman painter active in America at the turn of the century. I think it’s fitting that we move on to Beaux after studying Eakins, as Ms. Beaux was a student of Eakins at the Pennsylvania School of Fine Arts. She later taught at this school. Her work has been compared to Sargent although she was not nearly as prolific as he was. Beaux was not only technically masterful in her rich, vigorous manipulation of paint and her subtle orchestration of color, but is also recalled as a keen observer and an innovative designer. By 1902 Beaux was recognized as one of the top portrait painters in America. She had exhibited her work and garnered prizes in museum exhibitions from Philadelphia to New York to Paris. She was awarded full membership in the male-dominated National Academy. And perhaps just as telling of her popularity, she painted a portrait of Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt and her daughter in the White House, Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt and Daughter Ethel (1901-02, private collection).

Beaux was born in Philadelphia. Due to her mother's early death and her French father's subsequent departure to Europe, she was raised by her maternal grandmother and aunt. The example of her aunt, the artist Eliza Lewitt, was a very positive one for her. With her family's support and her aunt's inspiration, Beaux set out to be a painter. At the age of sixteen she studied drawing under Catherine Drinker, an historical and religious painter whose brother later married Beaux's sister. In 1872 or 1873, she took instruction from Adolf Van der Whalen, a Dutch artist active in Philadelphia. She also appears to have taken classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts between 1877 and 1879 under Thomas Eakins. Additionally, between 1881 and 1883, Beaux studied semi-privately in a friend's studio with William Sartain. Between 1888 and 1889, Beaux traveled to Europe where she studied at the AcadEmie Julian and the Colarrosi Academie under Bouguereau, Fleury, Dagnan-Bouveret, and Courtois, as well as privately with Benjamin Constant. In 1895, she became the first full-time woman faculty member at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she would teach drawing, painting, and portraiture for the next twenty years.

Beaux's rich use of buttery strokes and exquisitely fine-tuned orchestration of whites and blacks reveal her respect for the preeminent portrait painter of her day, John Singer Sargent. The flattened picture plane, cropped forms, and bold reductive masses also indicate her thorough understanding of Japanese art as interpreted by such leading French Impressionists as Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas. In intimate works depicting friends or family, as in Ernesta with Nurse (1894, Metropolitan Museum of Art ) and Henry Sturgis Drinker (1898, National Museum of Art Beaux excelled as an insightful portraitist. After 1900, however, her work became increasingly more superficial despite her extraordinary technical facility. By the time she had gained virtually universal recognition as one of America's leading portrait painters in the teens and early twenties, much of her early edge had eroded.

I am posting four paintings here, along with their sizes and background. Two are fairly simple pieces and two are perhaps a bit more challenging. I encourage you to paint the pieces as close to their original size as possible. If you don’t have a canvas in the exact size, consider cropping or painting slightly smaller. Do not attempt to reduce your painting to an 8” x 10”; you will struggle needlessly. It is always easier to paint things larger because you can actually observe and try to record the detail. Find a reference for your painting that is clear and accurate in color. Do not try to use two or more references for color as this will only confuse you. Think about your underpainting (if you use one) and how it will affect your upper layer of colors.

Above all, have fun and keep an open mind and don’t get stressed—it is just paint and it scrapes off easily – unlike watercolor or acrylic. It is infinitely workable and changeable and your options are always open. Not many mediums are that easy to work with so enjoy it for what it is!
If you look on the internet and view some of Ms. Beaux’s other works you will come across a self portrait that she did where we can see how she began her painting. This is a loose painting with a brown or umber colored underpainting. She probably followed the consensus of the day and began her paintings with such an underpainting – a value map, if you will. I recommend trying it this way if you want to follow Beaux’s style but you don’t have to.

OPTION NO. 1
This is perhaps Ms. Beaux’s most famous work, Henry Sturgis Drinker, Oil on canvas, 1898
87.8 x 121.9 cm (34.57" x 48")

I love this painting for three reasons: 1) The guy’s handlebar moustache 2) He is holding a cat and 3) The looseness of the strokes
Number three will make this a difficult copy to do accurately.

It is obvious to me that Ms. Beaux used a large brush and lots of paint and she was not afraid to “leave” the original swatches of color – look at the chair and how loosely it is modeled. When I see the hand I am amazed! Almost Fechin like- it is painted in so few strokes. Look especially at the chair arm behind the cat’s head---it is painted in just enough so that we know it for what it is but it is very unimportant to the composition and she had the guts to just LEAVE IT. I am so guilty of overworking paintings many times- even though I tell myself to just “stop!” This lady seems to have been able to recognize a stopping point and stuck to it. Good luck to those of you who want to try this. Another option would be to paint just the crop of his head and shoulders as I have here-perhaps on an 11” x 14” canvas.

Here is a link to the artrenewal site with a pretty good image:

http://www.artrenewal.org/artwork/281/281/2552/henry_sturgis_drinker-large.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2011/3589-beaux1.jpg

OPTION 1-A
Head and shoulders only

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2011/3589-beaux-1a.jpg

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OPTION NO. 2
Ernesta and Her Nurse, 1894, 50.5” x 38”

Here is a link to this painting that looks pretty good
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_SUBGzd1BG60/SXFuaxKGFnI/AAAAAAABnE8/1Dv9yk8Iqx4/Beaux,%20Ernesta%201894.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2011/3589-beaux2.jpg

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OPTION NO. 3
A Little Girl (Fanny Travis Cochran), 1887. Oil on canvas. 36 x 29 3/16 inches (91.4 x 74.1 cm)
Here is a very good link to this painting, and again if you do not want to do the entire figure, consider cropping it and painting her head and shoulders.

http://0.tqn.com/d/arthistory/1/0/2/b/pafa_0208_02.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2011/3589-beaux3.jpg

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OPTION NO. 4
Head of a Woman, 1888

I am not sure of the size of this piece- but I would guess between 11" x 14" and 14" x 18"
Here is a high resolution link to a site with this image:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LsWTjooumxo/TYYO0gmW50I/AAAAAAAAksE/E8a7YcQYwhM/s1600/7%2BCecilia%2BBeaux%2B%2528American%2Bpainter%252C%2B1855-1942%2529%2BHead%2Bof%2Ba%2BFrench%2BPeasant%2BWoman%2B1888.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2011/3589-beaux4.jpg

I think we have a good assortment to choose from and I hope we have lots of brave souls ready to experiment with this master painter. I chose Cecilia because she was one of the few women painters who worked around the turn of the century, alongside other great painters of the time. She seems to have specialized in portraits although I saw a few landscapes. We have so many women artists nowadays that I thought it only fitting to pay our respects to one who blazed the path for the rest of us.

!becca
03-31-2011, 04:10 PM
Nora, this is another remarkable choice..the portraits are amazing. And, it is especially nice to see a woman artist featured.

NancyMP
03-31-2011, 04:35 PM
Wow, Nora! I love the one with the cat. Her colors are so subtle, and rich at the same time!

lovin art
03-31-2011, 05:27 PM
Nora what Lovely work you've done, thanks for your hard work girl , I mite try a alla prima study of one , not sure mite crop the work too if thats ok with you ...

Sunu Tri
03-31-2011, 07:17 PM
Oh my God. It looks the 4 options are all too hard for me to copy. If I choose the "head of a woman", will you tell me what colours I should use for the skintone? (This skintone things discourage me time to time).
"Above all, have fun and keep an open mind and don’t get stressed—" >> I like this line, thank you, Nora :)

monkhaus
03-31-2011, 07:25 PM
I understand choosing her portraits as options but not even a one of her stunning landscapes?

kevinwueste
03-31-2011, 09:55 PM
A huge favorite of mine! great stuff!

dollardays
04-01-2011, 09:19 AM
I understand choosing her portraits as options but not even a one of her stunning landscapes?

I don't mind at all if someone wants to paint one of her landscapes. Just post a reference picture in the thread along with your work. I didn't really find one I was especially intrigued by. In fact I onely saw one so if someone wants to PM me with what they think is a good reference image of one I will consider adding it to the thread.

I have my canvas primed and I am going to try one of the head studies first I think.

dollardays
04-02-2011, 05:11 PM
No one seems to be jumping right in so I guess I will go first.

I cropped Henry Drinker to 11" x14" and I am going to do a head and shoulders painting of him. The cloudy effect she used on the mustache is fascinating and I am going to work on duplicating that airiness and the free yet deliberate brushstrokes.

Primed the linen canvas with a coat of asphaltum mixed with medium and Gamsol. Wiped it off, allowed it to dry and did a skecth with vine charcoal and I have sprayed it with retouch varnish. After this dries I'll be ready to begin the painting.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Apr-2011/3589-Beaux-Henry-1.jpg

bettythecat
04-04-2011, 06:24 AM
im gonna have a go at Head of a Woman, 1888 , very loose for me so should be fun

dollardays
04-04-2011, 10:13 AM
Hi Leigh.... so glad you showed up. It is very lonely here in this little thread. :crying: I feel like I am talking to myself in front of hundreds of people. :o So I will just get on with it and post my duty painting and move on to other things. :)

11" x 14" detail of Henry S. Drinker

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2011/3589-Henry-Drinker-small.jpg

stapeliad
04-04-2011, 10:43 AM
Nora, I love all these paintings! :clap: the brushwork is so luscious.
Seeing your process is also really fun, and your results are great. :)

Oh my God. It looks the 4 options are all too hard for me to copy. If I choose the "head of a woman", will you tell me what colours I should use for the skintone? (This skintone things discourage me time to time).

Sunu, let's start answering this question by asking you what colors you have. then we can give you specific guidance on how to use them to make skin tones.

Generally, skin tones are low-chroma, which means they are actually quite grey. You can make good skin tones with just about any red and yellow pigments, but the easiest way is to start with earth colors such as yellow ochre, transparent red oxide, venetian red, burnt umber, etc.

!becca
04-04-2011, 11:46 AM
Nora, beautiful work on that portrait and the thread in its entirety!:clap:

bettythecat
04-04-2011, 12:53 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2011/185744-IMG_2758.jpg

donbob
04-04-2011, 01:26 PM
hi nora doing a great job. Missed the march painting, a bit too slow with 1 week to go.Anyway started the head of a women canvas size 50 by 40 cm.Used vine charcoal to draw in the lady as you can see, trying to get correct proportions from the off.The next picture was done with lots of turps and some color, trying not to get too much detail :grouphug: n for the moment.The last one more color now but still lots of turps, thicker paint later. This is where i am at the moment.Been painting for about 5 years still got a hell of a journey to go to try and emulate any of the great masters.Will post some more when i have a rest.don from motherwell scotland.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2011/108101-new_picture_13.jpg munity/images/04-Apr-2011/108101-new_picture_10.jpg[/IMG] http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2011/108101-new_picture_11.jpg

donbob
04-04-2011, 01:34 PM
nora Just posted a thread as i am still new to the site I seem to have got the pictures mixed up an the words all over the place. could someone direct me in the right direction. don.

bettythecat
04-04-2011, 02:32 PM
Nice start all , three of us now:clap: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2011/185744-IMG_2760.jpg

vlandry
04-04-2011, 04:12 PM
Hi Leigh.... so glad you showed up. It is very lonely here in this little thread. :crying: I feel like I am talking to myself in front of hundreds of people. :o So I will just get on with it and post my duty painting and move on to other things. :)


You're certainly not alone. There are a lot of lurkers like myself who watch and learn. I intend to join this thread in a week or so, but first I'm working out some foundational techniques in shapes and values. When I'm done, I'll either post it (a copy of Thomas Eakins himself) as a separate thread or slink away in ignominy. Then I will see what damage I can do in this thread!

Vic

bettythecat
04-04-2011, 05:15 PM
looking forward to your painting start vic:thumbsup: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2011/185744-IMG_2762.jpg

lovin art
04-04-2011, 06:01 PM
11" x 14" detail of Henry S. Drinker

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2011/3589-Henry-Drinker-small.jpg


Nora you paint with such Skill , love it ...:clap:

Marigold
04-05-2011, 03:35 AM
I did not know about Cecilia Beaux so I am happy to be introduced to her art, thank you Nora! It is also very nice to be given some background on her life and her training. The portrait of Henry Drinker is really delicious in color, the play of warm and cool light and the cheerful pastells are delightful yet do not destract from his serious but relaxed expression. A wonderful painting! I also like the simplicity of the woman in profile, strong design and beautiful skin tones and very captivating eyes.

I will not be able to join, a Master a month is too fast paced for me. But as always it is a great pleasure to watch the progress of everyone's paintings.

Nora your brushstrokes are beautiful and you captured him very well, esp the mustache :) ! Distracting for me are still the hard edge betw. shadow and light on the forehead, and the lip which seems a bit high in value. I am also very impressed by your preparatory drawing on the canvas.

Leigh, it is interesting to see you start the painting with just a breath of color, to be built up later when the shapes are correct. Looking very good so far.

Don, your start looks very good as well, solid drawing and I love how you start to introduce different colors in the scarf around her head. The nose is a tiny bit flat maybe?

Susanne

bettythecat
04-05-2011, 07:35 AM
Thankyou marigold , must approach these subjects with an air of caution , take stock redraw , access colours , then attack it :lol: thats my planhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Apr-2011/185744-IMG_2764.jpg

midwest
04-05-2011, 09:37 AM
You made it look loose and easy. . tempting . . . .

stapeliad
04-05-2011, 10:00 AM
I will not be able to join, a Master a month is too fast paced for me. But as always it is a great pleasure to watch the progress of everyone's paintings.

Susanne, please feel free to join in, there isn't any rule that you have to finish by the end of the month. Look how long it took me to finish the Waterhouse painting, Zoi and Neil are still working on theirs. Nora has an excellent thread going. If you want to join, please don't let a time constraint stop you; there is none. :) :wave:

dollardays
04-05-2011, 10:42 AM
Leigh: Thank you for posting your progress shots. It is a beautiful painting and you are doing a superb job on the copy. I live watching it develop and I see the "look" in her eyes already! :clap: :clap:

Don: I think you are on the right track. Everyone has a different way of approaching these things and no way is right or wrong. If you run into problems and need some help just ask.

Susanne: I agree about the contrasts. I have really piled the paint on thick though- so I will wait a week or so until I try to manage those edges.

Vic: Would be wonderful to have you join in. :0

Jessica and Sandra: Thanks so much! :)

dollardays
04-05-2011, 10:43 AM
You made it look loose and easy. . tempting . . . .


C'mon Kathie-- you can do it. :D

bettythecat
04-06-2011, 12:09 PM
cheers nora

moving on a bit todayhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Apr-2011/185744-27.jpg

Randa2000
04-06-2011, 08:26 PM
very beautiful paintings everyone here ,you made want to jump in and started today with this one but my canvas is 70/50 cm and i mistakenly did the girl face to the right side lol...

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Lulu
04-07-2011, 12:22 AM
Don't feel lonely Nora, I'm sure lots of us are looking and wanting to give one of these a try but wondering where to start! I have at least saved a couple of ref pics:)

dollardays
04-07-2011, 09:10 AM
Leigh - I would put the clothing in - at least the value - I think it would help judge the skin tone values better. Not that there is anything WRONG with your skin tones. They are quite good and you are doing an excellent job (as usual).

Randa: You have a nice start- yes it is difficult to make a copy that small. I would guess you will run into trouble when you get to the detail areas, but I know you'll learn some things about color so keep painting!

Lulu: Thanks :)

I will be gone for a few days- heading for a plein air paintout over the weekend. Haven't painted outside in awhile so I am looking forward to it very much! Temps should be in the mid 70s and that's my idea of perfect.

I'll fix my Henry Drinker next wee- I am sure it is the values o nthe forehead that are off now that I have had a few days to consider it.

bettythecat
04-07-2011, 11:13 AM
Great start randa :clap:


Cheers nora , rough clothing in so i will leave it to dry and wait till your returnhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Apr-2011/185744-IMG_2789.jpg

dollardays
04-07-2011, 12:28 PM
Haven't left yet so I just had to pop in say how fabulous this is, Leigh. :clap: :clap: :clap:

If you wanted to you might add a touch of the warm red you have in her cheek to the nostril area and her lips- they are just a bit warmer - cad red light or whatever than you have them - but otherwise it is a very faithful copy and a truly wonderful painting. Totally awesome!

Randa2000
04-07-2011, 12:32 PM
Thank you Betty ,great work you too :clap:,i am glad to start yesterday ,and here is my update so far for now ,i am still working on and maybe will post more :lol:

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Randa2000
04-07-2011, 02:23 PM
i think i am done ,the background was not easy ,i hope you like it

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donbob
04-08-2011, 07:02 AM
hi leigh this is don , doing the same painting as you, your painting is great much better than mine , only one thing i can see that is a bit out and i hope you dont mind me saying this the top of the nose to the start of the hairline seems a bit too long. check it out, could be my eye sight, not getting any younger. what do i know.don

Randa2000
04-08-2011, 07:12 AM
photo taken at daylight

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Apr-2011/121987-08042011334.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Apr-2011/121987-08042011333.JPG

bettythecat
04-08-2011, 08:59 AM
Great stuff randa :clap: :clap: :clap:


don , thankyou , you were spot on with that crit , adjusted hairline and a few other things :thumbsup: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Apr-2011/185744-IMG_2790.jpg

bettythecat
04-08-2011, 10:37 AM
better photo , started more clothing and backgroundhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Apr-2011/185744-IMG_2806.jpg

bettythecat
04-08-2011, 10:44 AM
Haven't left yet so I just had to pop in say how fabulous this is, Leigh. :clap: :clap: :clap:

If you wanted to you might add a touch of the warm red you have in her cheek to the nostril area and her lips- they are just a bit warmer - cad red light or whatever than you have them - but otherwise it is a very faithful copy and a truly wonderful painting. Totally awesome!


quick question nora , are we doing these studys to get a faithful copy ? surely the drawing , pallette , the techique is key

bettythecat
04-09-2011, 11:01 AM
altered alot of drawing issues , moved eye up , took headscarf back a bit , chin brought down , neck shading brought up http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Apr-2011/185744-IMG_2810.jpg

Sunu Tri
04-09-2011, 12:06 PM
:cry: ... Look at Leigh's work!! Amazing! :(( and I still don't know where to start :lol:

bettythecat
04-10-2011, 01:48 PM
thankyou sunu:thumbsup:

Plently of time for you to take part

done bit morehttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Apr-2011/185744-IMG_2813.jpg

dollardays
04-10-2011, 10:45 PM
Leigh: Are you done? I think you have NAILED IT!!!!! You need to try the girl now. ;)

dollardays
04-10-2011, 10:46 PM
I especially love the scarf and the tones you have in it-- very soft and beautiful, but the whole thing is just gorgeous!

NancyMP
04-11-2011, 12:12 AM
Leigh, this is a stunning portrait!

Sunu Tri
04-11-2011, 03:25 AM
4 Thumbs Up for Leigh ;)

bettythecat
04-11-2011, 03:49 AM
Thankyou guys:clap:

Nora i still have the clothing to do and a bit on the scarf but the bulk is done

Im afraid i have another on the go so no more from me this month but will be back in may if this one only runs a month

These are a great learning platform for any level to try so anybody lurking who is tempted in having a go please do , so many good souls here will give direction and great support:thumbsup:

bettythecat
04-11-2011, 10:52 AM
Finished:clap: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Apr-2011/185744-IMG_2816.jpg

NancyMP
04-11-2011, 11:37 AM
Leigh, it looks terrific; you did a beautiful job, as is usual for you!

bettythecat
04-11-2011, 12:23 PM
Thankyou Nancy , trying my hand at landscape next , my first one:eek:

Sunu Tri
04-12-2011, 12:06 AM
It's so great Leigh. :clap::clap:

I just want show my participation :lol:
Since Leigh has done the Head of a woman perfectly, I don't want to try it cause it will be obvious that mine is worse :evil:

Please be gentle :D It's 70x60 cm and the classic problem is 'SKIN TONE' :envy:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Apr-2011/952863-IMG00204-20110412-0919.jpg

Sunu Tri
04-12-2011, 12:09 AM
Need to dry it a little before I try to fix and add some yellow colour and lighter value, cause if I do it right away, the oil paint seems sliding and cannot attach to the underlayer.

bettythecat
04-12-2011, 02:56 AM
Thankyou sunu:thumbsup:

I think you have a great start here , i can assure you this has the makings of being a very good copy trust me :thumbsup:

Fleffyjen
04-12-2011, 02:58 AM
Well done , guys, some great work here, and a great choice of references, Nora :clap::clap::clap:
I'd love to have a go at the first guy, but not sure if I will have time:thumbsup:

dollardays
04-12-2011, 08:19 AM
SuniTri: Don't be afraid to try the Head of a Woman- NO ONE would ever paint if they were afraid their stuff didn't measure up to others. This is a learning experience. Did you always have the best grades in school? Did you care? No! (Well- maybe you did, but Id didn't, I was too busy doodling on my papers.) :)

I think you have a nice beginning. Keep your shadows warm and pay close attention to your values and you will get it right. The color is not so important as the value.

Randa2000
04-12-2011, 08:34 AM
beautiful done Betty :-)
Sunu great start
Nora i like the skin colors you did

here is mine finally

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2011/121987-09042011359.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2011/121987-09042011360.JPG

Sunu Tri
04-12-2011, 08:38 AM
SuniTri: .... Keep your shadows warm and pay close attention to your values and you will get it right. The color is not so important as the value.

Does Warm shadows mean I need to apply reddish colous? When and where do we need to use warm or cool shadows Nora? Is there any basic rules about it?

bettythecat
04-12-2011, 09:36 AM
Sunu , check out the forehead and cheeks , patches of orange (very warm) look how the rim of the hat warms with pink and cooled in areas with the violet

Sunu Tri
04-12-2011, 10:32 PM
Ok Leigh :) . I'm trying to work that section out. Thank you. :)

dollardays
04-13-2011, 08:50 AM
Does Warm shadows mean I need to apply reddish colous? When and where do we need to use warm or cool shadows Nora? Is there any basic rules about it?

This rule applies to all portraits inside only. Warm shadows always- add red or burnt sienna or cad orange to your mixtures. Stay away from white in the shadows. In the light the skin will be very representative of the color of the light. An incandescent light is warm- throwing goldish light on the skin in light, while a window light is cool, casting bluish shadows on the subject in light.

Outside it varies a lot because you have all kinds of reflected light from the blue sky and there are so many other things to take into consideration like time of day, that careful observation is needed.

Typically these portrait artists working in the late 1900s used cool north light on their subject when they posed the because that type of lighting is consistent and does not change throughout the day.

I think you did a nice job on your girl- the nostrils might need a bit more delicate shaping.

donbob
04-13-2011, 11:26 AM
hi just finished next stage. Still keeping paint thin, and still to finish some details and start to put more color in and thicken the paint in the highlights and finish the backround. I like all your efforts doing a great job. donhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2011/108101-wetcanvas_10_edited2.jpg [CODE

Marigold
04-14-2011, 12:45 AM
Hello all, thanks for sharing your work, it is an inspiration to watch and I love that we have now at least one taker for each reference picture!

Randa, it is so funny that you painted the girl in reverse, amazing how did you do THAT, are you painting from memory? I had a good laugh at that :)She is lovely, now that you have introduced the background drapery the painting looks really good. Her skin tones are a bit pink though, and she doesn't smile (you painted the mouth in reverse too ;))

Sunu, great to see you join the group, you have a wonderful start! Having seen how well your Van Goghs turned out I am sure you will do an excellent job with Cecilia Beaux as well!

Leigh, beautiful you got this down to a T, very impressive. I love how you handled the crisp clean folds in her headdress, and the eyes are wonderful as well. Her expression to me is a bit sterner (is that a word?) than in the original, it is in the corner of her mouth I think.

Don, I was wondering were you had been, it is good to see you post your progress! She looks very good, it is interesting to me how you leave the drawing very pale in the first stages (the eyes in this case), this seems to be a good idea to keep it open for corrections. I am a bit doubful about the bright orange on her cheek and forehead.

Jeni, it would be lovely to see you paint the man with his cat! If I didn't have three unfinished project I would like to paint him as well, the complete picture, because I think the lighting of the room and the brushwork are so exceptional.

Susanne

Fleffyjen
04-14-2011, 12:24 PM
Oh ,dear.... 1m by 73cm on linen after 3 hours.....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Apr-2011/207685-drinker1.jpg

:rolleyes::rolleyes:

Marigold
04-14-2011, 01:40 PM
Wow Jeni, you did it, and you went large! You sure must have used some big brushes!
:clap: :clap:

Your painting is confident and catches the character of the man and his relayed pose very well. You used those pastell colors, the yellows and pinks and lilacs and oranges that are so great in the original! I would probably have stayed away from black, it is quite heavy in the shadows of the jacket and takes some of the warmth out of the picture, I feel.

Susanne

Sunu Tri
04-14-2011, 11:11 PM
Dear friends,

This is what I've done so far, not much to say but I'm, myself, quite happy with the progress. Which part should I fix? What do I do next??
Thank you Nora, Leigh, Randa and Susanne :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Apr-2011/952863-IMG00212-20110415-0820.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Apr-2011/952863-WET01.jpg

Fleffyjen
04-15-2011, 06:05 AM
THanks , Marigold:wave: You're right aobut the black I need to sort it out was having values issues and got fed up - The hardest bit was losing accuracy buy trying to emulate her loose strokes and movement - my sketch was very loose as I didn't want to get all tight before I even started:confused:

Sunu - She looks very sweet! Well done!

dollardays
04-15-2011, 03:09 PM
Sunu-- I agree with Jen- she looks sweet but you have not quite captured her charm. Here is a value comp comparing the original with yours. I think you could go darker with her complexion (but stay warm) There are cast shadows by her nose-- see the line I have put in and then the color block placed in the middle. I think you need those shadows and look a little closer at how dark those shadows are- almost as dark as the shadows on the floor.

Also everything is reading a bit blue in your version and I think you may need to use some umber to warm things up. I see many more pinks and violets in her dress and hat. Keep going-- I know you can do it.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Apr-2011/3589-sunutri.jpg

This has reminded me that my own version of Henry Drinker still needs a value adjustment in quite a few places. I will pull him out tonight and get on it!

Jen:

You are ambitious!!! The whole figure. Wow. I will wait to comment until you have alittle more accomplished. :)

Randa2000
04-15-2011, 08:10 PM
lol Susanne ,you should have seen my face after noticed that i did it in reverse that was very difficult to follow the picture on my screen ,the right must be left and left must be on right:crying: ,it is already a difficult subject to do and i did it more difficult :lol: ,don't remind me... LOL

dollardays
04-16-2011, 09:34 PM
I am done with Henry Drinker.... that man has a crazy face- the light is just confusing. But hopefully I did it justice and it was a lot of fun.

We are halfway through the month and the thread will go after April so don't be afraid to join us. You will definitely learn something!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Apr-2011/3589-Henry-Drinker-small.jpg

Marigold
04-17-2011, 08:39 AM
Hello Nora,
I love your use of color on this one - then of course color and brushstrokes were the reasons you have selected Beaux for us to study, right? It must have been a challenge making this Portrait work, considering that it is only a cutout from a full body portrait. I mean the original does not necessarily have the face as single vocal point, so if you paint head and shoulders only some essential parts of the "architecture" of the painting are missing. It works surprisingly well. You have created an interesting portrait with a very convincing emulation of Cecilia's style.

I was comparing your final version with the preliminary version that you posted earlier - may I ask what you do when you rework/refine a face? Do you basically repaint all the skintones, or just add detail in selected areas? That was something I was unsure about in my Eakins copy, if I could leave entire areals of the initial block-in of skintones visible, or if I shoud rather repaint all of it in order to have more depth and no "holes".

Susanne

dollardays
04-17-2011, 01:33 PM
Thanks, Susanne. I saw the head as interesting just as it was mainly because of the lighting and his large unusual moustache! Hard for something like that NOT to grab your attention.

When I make major adjustments I am almost painting the entire face- but not in all areas. When you mix a color you cannot just place it in one spot. It may not be exactly the same color you think it is when it dries so it will stick out like a sore thumb if it is not put in other places. But the send and third or fourth applications of paint do not need to be as opaque because you don't have to worry about coverage now. Many places the color was adjusted by scumbling-- a dry brush technique where the paint is raked across the existing layer, allowing some of the layer(s) beneath to show through. This is a good way to add depth to any painting, as it is impossible for me to get it perfect in the first layer. I'm just not that good at it yet. :)

Sunu Tri
04-17-2011, 11:46 PM
Wow NOra. You dit it very well! Thanks for the advice and guidance. I'll try to fix it and adjust the value :)

vlandry
04-18-2011, 06:15 PM
Just a quick note to let you know that I haven't forgotten this thread. Generally I only get to paint for a few hours each week (darn job!! :crying: ) and I am still doing Thomas Eakins himself. It's coming along but I am struggling with his expression.

In the reference he looks calm and pleasant but I have him looking sad. I'm going to re-visit the eyes because that's where I think the problem is.

Very humbling....


~~Vic

moscatel
04-18-2011, 07:26 PM
vlandry, I hope you find time to paint more.

Sunu Tri, you have the look alike and that's important.

I was trying to paint opt.3 A Little Girl (Fanny Travis Cochran) but I only got to do a drawing. I can't get her at all to look alike. If I'm doing already as bad with the drawing, I sure won't be able to do it with oils. Would have liked to finish her with oils, she looks so precious in the original painting, but I quess I'll give a try next month.

Sunu Tri
04-18-2011, 07:35 PM
Moscatel,

It took me 2 days just to place the eyes, nose and mouth as it is :lol:
Not mention the expressions that Vlandry just said. The eyes and eyebrows really makes a portrait look different.

moscatel
04-19-2011, 04:07 AM
Thanks, Sunu Tri. Maybe I give it an other try. No, I certainly didn't spend with my drawing as much time as you did with your painting. I really like the refrences. But today here we have a plein air day by a hay field since we finally have sun shine.

Fleffyjen
04-19-2011, 12:08 PM
Donbob- Coming on well!

Nora- I know what you mean about his face now!! and the lighting!!!

Done a bit more - not a huge amount ...http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Apr-2011/207685-drinker2.jpg

:rolleyes::rolleyes:

Fleffyjen
04-19-2011, 12:13 PM
Side by side - obviously with my first go not with hers!!!:(

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Apr-2011/207685-drinkercomp.jpg

:smug:

Marigold
04-19-2011, 01:09 PM
Very nice Jen! I really like the overall lighting, (which is also so very attractive in the original), you have achieved a beautiful effect of daylight, maybe a bit cooler than in the original but fresh and full of color. You could lighten the mustache on (our) left side a bit if you want - if not then he looks a couple of years younger which I'm sure he doesn't mind at all. I also like the fashionable touch of blue that you put on his tie!

Good job

Sunu Tri
04-19-2011, 10:47 PM
I call this finished :D Please comments and critiques are welcome.
Thanks to all the forum members, especially Nora for the guidance. I can feel an improvement regarding my skill and knowledge. :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Apr-2011/952863-IMG00228-20110420-0714.jpg

Marigold
04-20-2011, 04:58 PM
Hello Sunu, she is sweet! You said it took you long to get the likeness, but you have succeeded, the face looks exactely like this little girl. It is a very good result. The dress has the broad brushstrokes that we see in the original, which is good. For me it would have been difficult to resist painting in more detail. But you have painted multiple Van Goghs so strong brushwork is nothing new for you. I'd put a bit of dark under her hand maybe. I am noticing also that you have used a lot of blue where Cecilia has used purples.

Susanne

Sunu Tri
04-20-2011, 09:13 PM
Hi Susanne,
Thanks for your comment :) I'm glad that I finally get a grip on Nora's guidance. Although I'm not sure if I can do the same in my next painting :D I need a lot of practice I suppose.
Yes, I think I'll give more shadows in her hand. Thanks Susanne :)

Fleffyjen
04-21-2011, 06:21 AM
Nice work Suni

Bit more done - not a great photo I'm afraid

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Apr-2011/207685-drinker3.jpg

wetbob
04-21-2011, 12:31 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Apr-2011/185744-IMG_2816.jpg
Beautiful WIP!:thumbsup: :clap:

Sye
04-21-2011, 07:53 PM
Wow. I can't believe I've finally worked up the guts to join in. You ALL have done such wonderful, fresh renditions of Beaux's work. Leigh - wow, and Dollar - the definition of painterly perfection. Jen - true colors!

I am going to TRY to ... attempt to... paint the little girl.

Suni did such a nice job on her - the dress, expression really worked. I keep telling myself mine doesn't have to be as good. It'll be different, and a learning process, for sure.

Here goes...

Sunu Tri
04-21-2011, 08:17 PM
Hi Sally,
Glad you're joining in :). I chose the little Girl because I thought it was the easiest since there's only small area of skin tone in this painting :D
Can't wait to see your work. Have fun!

janeTuesday
04-22-2011, 06:49 AM
Oh goodness, I love Beaux and wish time would allow me to have participated. I actually saw Ernesta and Her Nurse, 1894, 50.5” x 38” 2 years ago in Brisbane at an "American Impressionism" exhibit and this painting is HUGE and just leaves you astonished! The composition is so wrong that it is just right and has captured the little girl just perfectly. Definitely one of my favourite paintings of the Impressionism era.

dollardays
04-22-2011, 11:54 AM
Nice work Suni

Bit more done - not a great photo I'm afraid

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Apr-2011/207685-drinker3.jpg


I love it you brave girl! Very proud of you! I would also like to see a CLEARER version when you can take it outside and get a good picture. Awesome painting. :)

dollardays
04-22-2011, 11:58 AM
I call this finished :D Please comments and critiques are welcome.
Thanks to all the forum members, especially Nora for the guidance. I can feel an improvement regarding my skill and knowledge. :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Apr-2011/952863-IMG00228-20110420-0714.jpg


Well done, Sunu Tri! The face is very delicate now and the entire painting is more finished looking-- a keeper for sure! :clap: :clap:

dollardays
04-22-2011, 12:00 PM
Wow. I can't believe I've finally worked up the guts to join in. You ALL have done such wonderful, fresh renditions of Beaux's work. Leigh - wow, and Dollar - the definition of painterly perfection. Jen - true colors!

I am going to TRY to ... attempt to... paint the little girl.

Suni did such a nice job on her - the dress, expression really worked. I keep telling myself mine doesn't have to be as good. It'll be different, and a learning process, for sure.

Here goes...


Hey Sally- we don't learn anything if we don't take chances--- welcome to the MOM -- take as long as you like. :cat:

Fleffyjen
04-24-2011, 03:47 AM
Thanks ,Nora, will take a better photo and post it!

Sye
04-24-2011, 01:18 PM
This really WAS a learning experience. I chose to use a piece of 10" x 10-ish canvas paper leftover from another project and that made her little face so... LITTLE! My hand's cramping up!

I had a really hard time with some of the colors; that vivid, transparent purple eluded me.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Apr-2011/901452-beaux.gif

It was fun, though. :D

Marigold
04-24-2011, 04:00 PM
Very nice, Sally! You got the face of the girl right, and did a great job on the dresses as well. I like that you allowed enough space around the girl, it looks more balanced that way plus you have space for your signature :) (I have a tendency with studies to cram them into the tinyest format possible and then paint up to the edges, which is a bad habit).

Only things I see: the transition from shadow to light in her face seems rather hard an sudden. And the odd piece of fabric from the nurses dress, just above the girl's hat, could fade into the background a bit more I think.

Which colors did you mix for your purple?

Susanne

donbob
04-25-2011, 09:33 AM
hi everbody its don with my finished portrait.well done to everyone taking part nora,jeni,suni,leigh and randa done a great job. I have painting with a limited palette [ zorn ] just to try something different,its helped me a lot with my color mixing. having difficulty with photographing the painting.:clap: :clap: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Apr-2011/108101-latest_2.jpg

bettythecat
04-25-2011, 04:09 PM
i like to say this has been an outstanding effort by nora this month and the all the people who produced some wonderful work , it clearly shows that a masters thread is needed and well respected:thumbsup:

Sunu Tri
04-25-2011, 11:20 PM
:clap::clap::clap:

So Nora... What next?? :D:music:

Fleffyjen
04-26-2011, 02:09 AM
Here is a better full shot of Drinker and a "closeup" of his face - still have a bit more to do on his hand, and the lower sections but don't really want to over work it... Any thoughts?:wave:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Apr-2011/207685-drinker4.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Apr-2011/207685-drinkerclose.jpg

Looks great Suni - and Donbob - it is a classy portrait :clap:

Sye - looking good, keep at it !

dollardays
04-26-2011, 01:45 PM
hi everbody its don with my finished portrait.well done to everyone taking part nora,jeni,suni,leigh and randa done a great job. I have painting with a limited palette [ zorn ] just to try something different,its helped me a lot with my color mixing. having difficulty with photographing the painting.:clap: :clap: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Apr-2011/108101-latest_2.jpg

This is fabulous! You have done an amazing job with it DonBob. :clap: :clap:

dollardays
04-26-2011, 01:52 PM
i like to say this has been an outstanding effort by nora this month and the all the people who produced some wonderful work , it clearly shows that a masters thread is needed and well respected:thumbsup:

Thank you, Leigh... it has been fun to see what you all do. I have enjoyed hosting these threads and will sign up for some more in 2012. We have all our months filled through 2011.


Suni: I am not quite sure what they have planned for next month but I think it will be larger paintings and run for two months. Something for everyone here in the oils forum! :)

Jen: I like your Henry Drinker very much, agree the hand needs work and perhaps the shaded areas on his face need more value changes- they are reading as a bit "muddy" in places. But you have done a superb job with it. Think about "clean" color on the palette and trying to keep it from going muddy- wipe your brush often.

vlandry
04-30-2011, 01:51 PM
I just completed my rendition of Thomas Eakins and posted it in the portraiture forum. It has many problems and I think I am attempting too much. Perhaps that's a good way to learn, or perhaps it's a good way to enter long term psychotherapy :D . Anyway in Thomas' portrait I think I did solve my value problems because I double and triple checked the reference and my rendition with my trusty grayscale value card. The skin color (in life; not what shows in the photo) is okay but the big problem is the my freehand drawing.

I'll try to join in May (which is tomorrow!).

~~Vic

oilsnjade
06-23-2011, 08:35 AM
Randa, your girl facing right reminds me of my Mom asking me to rearrange her furniture...I would and then she would come behind me and face it all opposite...she was left handed...me, right :) Looks like a good start!

oilsnjade
06-23-2011, 09:05 AM
oh dear...lol...I am late, aren't I? thought this was a 2011 effort...blush