"Horses of Roan - color study" - 11 x 14" acrylic on gallery wrap canvas.
Copyright 2007 Maggie Stiefvater.
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Okay, so I was back to the Sargent drawing board today. I decided it was time to tackle a color study. Sargent did several for El Jaleo, the piece that I'm modeling mine after. See here and here for examples.
It turned out to be harder than I thought. First of all, it takes a lot of work to make it look like it's intuitive. I was thinking about the following Sargent principles while I was working:
- limited palette - I only used the colors that Sargent used (see my first post with my Sargent sketches for a list)
- Soft edges - Sargent said that a hard edge was a weakness
- Strong, confident application of color rather than tentative layers of incorrect colors
- Get the tone right the first time or begin again
- mimicking Sargent's reliance on dark values to define his shapes.
- aiming for realism at 15 feet but impressionism at 15 inches
I want to end this post by directing you guys to other blogging participants in the project. And keep sending me your sketches and blog addresses -- I want to do a big post at the end of the month with everyone's efforts. All skill levels are welcome to join in! Supposed to be a learning process, right?
Okay, the links:
Katherine Tyrrell's post: "Realism or Impressionism?"
Helene Keough's blog progress on her piece learning from Sargent
It's only the 8th -- plenty of time to join in! And keep those helpful comments and emails coming. I'm only a baby here . . . I need all the help I can get!