Erisman Studios

Figurative and Portrait Painting

Masters Studies    

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.

Marquee of Londonderry (After Sir Thomas Lawrence)  11 in x 16 in; Oil on Canvas.  A study/reproduction of Sir Thomas large scale, figurative painting of the Marquee.

My objectives in this study was to create the illusion of detail with few brush strokes while also trying to minimize hard lines.  It was a tough exercise for me.  I am still working on that.  I love Thomas' use of the black background to create the illusion of the headpiece

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.

Baccus (After Caravaggio) 22 cm x 30 cm; Oil on Canvas.

This study is a reproduction of the painting that lives in Florence at the Uffizi.  I wrestled with every aspect of this painting...his hair, face, and physiology.  But I enjoyed painting his headpiece and learning to mix the paints to achieve Caravaggio's palette.
8 in x 10 in; Oil on Canvas.

The reference for this study is a studio cast at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, IT

I was exercising transitioning from shadow to light and keeping a soft bumble bee line to separate them.  My lines are still hard here but I liked the results experimenting with the many colours of white.

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.