Short on time and inspiration...I found both this weekend. Inspiration via Instagram...while Jane Lilly Warren (one half of Matchbook Magazine) toured the Renwick Gallery, part of the Smithsonian, I was stuck inside (more rain) with some time on my hands. Time to think...and time to think out loud on Instagram.
The original painting from
Jane Lilly Warren's Instagram tour.
completion date 1908
John Singer Sargent
National Museum of American Art
As soon as she posted the pic of Sargent's Betty Wertheimer, I posted it to my easel and went about developing a painting based on this painting.
I was drawn more to the colors in the Instagram pic rather than those in the original painting. The gilt frame, the yellow overtones, her creamy skin, a hint of gray...all complimenting her rose dress.
Working in layers of acrylic...once dry, adding some depth and texture with iridescent gold and oils.
A humbling experience...I'm naming this one "Practice." Thankful I have a day job. Mayhem however...needs a job. For sale...original work by an emerging artist.
Very Cy Twombly?