Thursday, August 21, 2008

After Degas' Cassatt

After Degas' Mary Cassatt at the Louvre,
oil on canvas, 12 in x 9 in

Tonight I was desperate to get lost in a painting. Sometimes my over analytic brain just needs to stop spinning in it's downward spiral...getting lost in a piece of artwork is perfect for that.

So, I decided to try a copy of one of my favorite Degas pastel sketches - Mary Cassatt at the Louvre. I love the composition, how the splashes of color give her stance the power and forcefulness of her character. It's as if you can see her personality right there - as if this is a portrait.

I had great fun with this!

Oh, by the way, the Virtual Sketch Date reference for August goes up tonight at midnight Central Time.

10 comments:

Michael said...

ok, after comparing your do Degas', I can honestly say that I like your much better. I love the colors and I think your lines are more pronounced and dramatic than him were.

Jeanette said...

Fabulous painting Rose! I love the looseness and can sense the confidence in your strokes and colour choices here. You're really moving ahead with the oils now. Well done!

Rose Welty said...

Michael, you are always far too generous with your comments - I could never improve on Degas, never. But, thank you for your support. (And this was just a sketch for a final pastel piece done by Degas, I like the final piece (there were several versions I think), but I prefer the sketch more.)

Jeanette, thank you! It is always so obvious if the artist enjoyed the process or not - funny how that is. I really just loved getting lost in this.

Stacy said...

Rose, I see your oil painting experiment is working out with great success. I am so happy for you. Personally I am hoping this month's VSD gets me back in the groove. It's been too long since I had regular art time.

Edie said...

Terrific painting - beautiful color - I love Degas but this has a real good feel about - I'm not sure I'm saying this right - but it lovely to look at.

Teresa said...

Rose!!! You are getting there! This looks great. I'm impressed!

Rose Welty said...

Stacy, Edie, Teresa - thank you, thank you!

Jill said...

Rose, this is great - I love the colours and the brushstrokes! I found myself trying to look past the figure to see what she was so interested in.

Jo Castillo said...

Very good on this. Wow. Nice stroke lines.

Valerie Jones said...

ooohhhh.....I like!!