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Studying Under the Masters - Botticelli 1

This is Week 4 of my online course and I'm still loving it.  This week mixed-media artist  Jenny Wentworth was apprenticed to Sandro Botticelli.  After watching videos about Botticelli, his techniques and paintings, Jenny painting two compositions - one to teach us about egg tempera, and the other using acrylic paints. 

I selected the Botticelli that I wanted to copy - A Woman Receiving a Gift From Venus and Three Graces.  This was a fresco from Villa Lemmi near Florence and the villa was owned by Giovanni Tornabuoni who was the uncle of Lorenzo Medici.  The fresco was discovered in 1873 under a layer of white wash - and was removed, transferred to canvas, and installed in the Louvre.  I selected one of the graces for my painting.

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Here is my copy of the original - without the cracks in the fresco.

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This is a watercolor, in which I added Titanium white gouache to do the textured painting in the background and on her robe.  I'd never used this technique, but loved the different quality of the opaque-watercolor tinted gouache.  The face and hair were painted with watercolor, without added gouache.   I used 10 X 14" Arches 140 lb Cold Press paper, Winsor-Newton watercolors, and Schminke Titanium White Gouache.

We are encouraged to take periodic photos of our painting, in progress, but I regularly forget.  This time I forgot to take a photo of the drawing, but then took a few intermediate photos with my cell phone. 

Stage 1 - After painting the background and robe

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Stage 2 - After adding an underpainting for her hair with yellow ochre.

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Stage 3 - After painting the face, neck and underpainting the inside of the robe color.

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Next I need to watch more videos and then do my own composition in the style of Botticelli. 

Comments

That is really lovely, Shirley! (Were you tempted to paint the cracks? :D )

Very good, Shirley. Well done. Quite a class you have been taking.

Hi Shirley.

Beautiful work,I always enjoy seeing the stages of progression! :)

xo Jenny

That is so awesome! You've captured your likeness very well!

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