Trying Out Colour

After the day spent in the National Gallery last week in class this week we had the task of trying our hand at capturing some of the poses we’d looked at in the paintings by the Masters.

The culmination of the day was to attempt a ‘Rokeby Venus‘ inspired pose in the style of the artist we’d spent most time studying last week. So here is my ‘in the style of Degas’ effort. (Although as I type that, it looks ridiculous……) Anyway, it was my first real try at something in colour, and I took inspiration from the pastels at the National Gallery, and attempted to keep all the marks going up and down vertically.  Part of the process was to learn how difficult it is to do…

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  1. margaret

     /  March 17, 2012

    I think the figure in particular has a degree of sophistication which reveals your progress……… well done !

    • Thanks. It definitely looks better further away via the photograph, but I quite enjoyed doing it.

  2. Yes Rowena, from hand to mid thigh you have captured something special. The back has a most life like tension…good work!

    • Thank you! That’s a real compliment, and I appreciate it. I’m really enjoying the classes, so am pleased to be improving to the impartial eye.


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