Psyche and Amore (After
Bougeureau, Part). 8 in x 10 in; Oil on Canvas
This study references a part of Bougeureau's painting, however I used Caravaggio's palette instead and I didn't paint their wings. I was practicing how to glaze all the value transitions involved with capturing the fall of light. I think there were three suns out that day.....
Madonna Della Seggolia (after Raphael, part).
I painted this section of this much larger painting of the same name on an 8" x 10" canvas in oil. I was still struggling with turning the form when glazing as seen in the high chroma in her cheeks. I liked how the trim on her garment turned out, though.
Madona Di Loreto (After Caravaggio, part).
This study is on 22 cm x 30 cm; oil on canvas and is a section of Caravaggio's larger work. The original painting, also known as the Madonna of the Pilgrams, lives in Rome at the Sant Agostino.
My friend and I went to Rome on a weekend and visited all of the Caravaggio paintings situated in museums and cathedrals throughout the city. It was amazing to see Rome while in pursuit of Caravaggio.
A Glimpse of David. 8 in x 10 in; Oil on Canvas. The reference for
this study is the replica of Michelangelo's statue of David in the Piazza della Signoria
in Florence, IT. It was an early attempt at painting hands. We all have to start somewhere....
Apprentices learn from masters in their chosen field, and for many emerging artists, analyzing and copying the works of historical master painters helps to inform them of drawing and painting fundamentals in course of finding their own artistic voice. Here are some of my studies of favorite historical paintings along with reflections on what I was learning.