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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Half Hour With Sargent

            

It wasn't too successful. I was trying out my General Charcoal Kit.  I used a soft, when I should have chosen a hard. I lean toward soft; this gal didn't go for it. John Singer Sargent's world was so elegant, not the world we know today. 

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  1. I wish we could return to that elegance.

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    1. Me too. I love movies, books and television productions from this time--on the other hand, medicine would not be good enough . I fixed her this morning. The charcoalncil I chose from the kit was inappropriate. I whited out and soften edges. Unfortunately, it wasn't easy. I had sprayed the original with hair spray, a charcoal fixative in a pinch--so out came the white pastel. I'm taking a breather from my self portrait. Free hand drawing is my way of procrastinating that finish. I am not looking forward to getting into color with that one. I think I'm afraid of it.

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  2. It is the effort I applaud.

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    1. Well my book of Sargent's drawings was there. I was there. I had a half hour and a new General dcharcoal drawing kit. Why not give it a try? I liked her haughty looks. I didn't quite capture them with Sargent's elegance, but I knew why as the time flew. :-))

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  3. My daughters always laugh at me and their Dad because we love the old movies on AMC... I can't get enough of them! lol.... what can I say, I love the past ...and I don't like the movies of today! Excellent painting Linda. I would love to try charcoals...I always had a problem with the vines but I'll give the pencils a shot.

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    1. This is my first experience with the pencils. I'm not used to not drawing masses as you do with vine. This morning, I went back to graphite for my half hour free hand session. While I fixed this drawing using the white chalk and it's improved, I don't really like mixing chalk and charcoal. Any overlap looks blue and out of place.

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  4. LInda! I so love your blog! All your portraits are very beautiful! You are very talented and you use your talent very well! Bravo my friend! I also so love to read your text! You are forthright and refreshing! Your artwork is outstanding. Take care!
    Michael

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