Misty Mountains and A Portrait Study: Daily Art Practice
I can’t tell you how many times I have reached for my camera the last few mornings. We have had the most beautiful sunrises over the mountains, complete with low hanging mist (my favorite). This morning was rainy and dark. And it was gorgeous! While I was shopping, I shot this photo but I edited out the parking lot full of cars. Have you ever heard the song, Misty Mountains, from the movie The Hobbit? This is one of my favorite songs.
Recently, I had a stay-at-home Artist Date. I have been itching to try my hand at sketching famous paintings for the longest time. For inspiration, I watched a few videos from the National Portrait Gallery in Australia (YouTube). I paused the video and created timed sketches, 5 minutes each for the first page. The first sketch was the museum’s director, hosting the video. The second was from a painting of Captain James Cook. These were sketched using a rainbow pencil.
These paintings are of sculptures, made with watercolor, 10 minutes and 2 minutes. I am new to timed sketching and I will admit is out of my comfort zone. I don’t usually like what I make in that short period of time but I am working on banishing the perfectionistic attitude. I have recently read that a lot of artists do these studies to train their eye and hand to capture the details that matter, quickly. I am eager to see my skills improve through this practice.
This last layout is a study of the of Isabella Garner portrait from the Isabella Steward Garner Musuem in Boston. I spent 60 minutes for both paintings. They were both made in watercolor but the second uses ink and a little liberty with the composition. I recently completed a Domestika class with Felix Scheinberger. I came away inspired and excited to experiment with different styles. The second take on this portrait was inspired by his class.
I first heard about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Musuem when my daughter checked out the book, What Isabella Wanted Isabella Stewart Gardner Builds a Museum ,from the library. It was such a great story of how the museum was created. If I ever visit Boston, it is on my list to visit. Have any of you ever been here?
I am joining the Tea Day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bluebeard. My Tea today is Good Earth Teas Organic Sweet and Spicy Caffeine Free Herbal . I don’t drink this tea often because it is black tea but when I do have it, it’s a treat. If you like spicy, you will love this tea.
What is your favorite museum to visit? I would love to look it up online for inspiration.
Happy Tea Day,