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Studying Under the Masters - Pablo Picasso

It is Week 2 for me in the online course Studying Under the Masters.  The Master for this week is Pablo Picasso, and over the years I have copied many of his drawings, because I love the images he can capture drawing only a few lines or one continuous line.  So it was time to copy a painting!  The painting "Reading at a Table" is at the Met, and as soon as I saw it in the new Reinventing Modernism Galleries, I knew that I wanted to try to paint her!  As before, the Master is on the left, and my painting is on the right.  I used watercolor and black and white gouache instead of oil, and loved trying to achieve some of the spirit of Picasso. 

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I debated a variety of portraits for my "painting inspired by Picasso" and finally realized that I could use one of my figure drawings from MoMA for the subject.  I made this sketch of the actress model in the Toulouse-Lautrec Drawing Session in 3 minutes, using only straight lines to draw her image.  I took a scan of that drawing as the basis for my painting and then experimented with backgrounds.  I loved the candle in Picasso's painting, so I added it to mine, and then needed to work out the rest of the setting and color palette. 

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And here is my finished painting.  I usually draw and paint in watercolor sketchbooks and for this series of paintings I'm using Arches 140 lb cold press watercolor paper in a 9 X 12 block.

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Next Week:  Max Beckmann, the German Expressionist Painting. 

Comments

Nice work, Shirley! Picasso's style is fun to play with isn't it? I used to make cloth dolls and one of my most well received was based on his work. Here's a link: http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL440/451448/1181159/35432202.jpg I hope that works.

I think copying another artists work is a great way to develop observational skills and well as painting techniques. Great work!!

Shirley I love following your art journey. You seem so motivated and really take advantage of all that New York has to offer. I wish I had half you drive.

Awesome! They look the same to me :D

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