Thursday, February 16, 2006

Did I kill it?



I took the advice of Mr. Torta and Doc Research and went back into this a bit. The problem was I did it right after I woke up, and without my usual morning coffee. So I may have made that oh-so-easy-to-make mistake of over working a water color. But that's OK, I can do another one. I may continue on this Sargent study track for a bit. I learn so much from studying his work.

7 comments:

Sparky said...

Well, I like it better--but I'd have to say that, wouldn't I? I think you've captured a lot more of the drama of a Sargent portrait. Maybe at the expense of a little bit of spontaneity, but it's a trade-off well worth making, IMHO. That's what studies are all about, after all, seeing what happens. And don't listen to Dr. Research yammer on about reds--he's only a photographer.

Sparky said...

I even went so far as to look up the original Sargent, and what strikes me about it is the way that dome of a head leans forward out of the darkness. I think you've captured that in your reworking.

Chuck Rose said...

Hey man, thanks for the interest! I agree I lost a bit of the spontaneity, but I learned something and that's the most important thing.

And thanks for catching the thing about the head. I was really trying to pay attention to that.

Carolyn said...

I agree with Wally: studies are studies!!! and also, you have a wonderful ability to make your painted portraits so dimensional... again as Wally says, the forward lean is captured beautifully.

jenny vorwaller said...

this is crazy! i was catching up on both of your blogs at the same time:

http://strugglingtopaint.blogspot.com/2006/02/sargent-study-two-water-color.html

Chuck Rose said...

I know Jenny. It seems like we have to decide which platform to use. But Wally says we have to use both. And I always do what he says. :-)

rob james said...

Lovely picture, also great use of watercolour. I find it so difficult to use, great work.