Revised Study of Mrs. Richard Sears Portrait Drawing


I couldn’t leave well-enough alone and just had to go back in to see if I could work the portrait drawing a bit more to get a closer likeness to John Singer Sargents’ drawing of Mrs. Richard Sears.  Let me just say, lol – she has become my own Mrs. Sears (older and a bit stiff she doesn’t seem to be as relaxed as Sargents’ as a slightly tilted head is very tough to draw) but I’ll take it and move on.

Several features were worked on:  her nose angled more downward, lips and chin brought in slightly, and finally her neck muscles redefined.  Lower values were brought in to darken aspects of her hair and to draw hair strands, and to emphasize her dress fabric folds and rose decoration (used 4B and 8B).  At this point I can’t totally change the angle of her head, too late – one of the lessons learned here, get it right before anything else is drawn so changes can be made.

The paper finally said enough already, it couldn’t handle any more graphite.  Charcoal can’t be added on top of graphite, because the graphite’s slippery surface or I would have used it for the darks.  Sargent did his drawing in charcoal and got a spectacular result.

Here is the updated result and original Mrs. Sears study.

Revised Study of Mrs. Richard Sears

Revised Study of Mrs. Richard Sears

Study of Mrs. Richard Sears

Study of Mrs. Richard Sears

 

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Graphite Pencil Study of Mrs. Richard Sears (original by John Singer Sargent)


An important purpose to studying John Singer Sargent portrait drawings is to learn from his loose but confident and purposeful strokes, because his work is spectacular.  From my readings I learned that during 1910 through 1925 Sargent produced some 500 drawings, and many of the portraits are charcoal AND completed in two-hour settings.  His results – stunning.

Today’s drawing is a 9×6 study of Mrs. Richard Sears (Sargent drew in 1912).  My study was done in graphite pencils (F and 2B).  I’ve decided I’d rather draw these studies in charcoal because of how quickly you can cover the surface with a single swipe, and I like the striking visual impact between the lights and darks.

Some personal assessment of this study:  graphite for this study probably wasn’t the best choice, the value ranges were limited (should have used darker pencils ), charcoal would have produced a more striking result especially where her hair is concerned; the tilt to her head is slightly off; I aged her some; her lovely hair style changed; charcoal would have given a darker background to allow Mrs. Sears to standout prominently.  LOL, enough already!  I’ll draw Mrs. Sears again, I learned a lot with this exercise and can improve on this study.

I went way over my one hour limit today, graphite is a much slower medium to work with.  In any event, here she is ~

Study of Mrs. Richard Sears

Study of Mrs. Richard Sears

 

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Personal Challenge – Rocks/Boulders, #11 Wharariki South Island, NZ


#11 in the rock challenge.  This special scene got me back to painting the sea, it may be small in size, but for the time being I was happy to feel the water again using oil pastels.

Wharariki (oil pastel, 5×7) is one of those iconic scenes of New Zealand that I’ve wanted to paint for a while.  The boulders are massive showing the wear and tear of having gotten slammed by nasty storms.  I love that the boulders are close enough so some of the details show, including moss/seaweed growth from the sea water and atmospheric moisture (check out how high that green seaweed goes!).

Only four paintings to go in the challenge ~ thanks for checking in.

Wharariki South Island, NZ, #11

Wharariki South Island, NZ, #11

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My Charcoal Study of Helen Sears (original portrait by John Singer Sargent)


After drawing Old Monk, and some encouragement from others, I decided to give more consideration to drawing more portraits, no so much standard straight-forward portraits, but ones drawn with a loose style showing the character of the person and loosely define clothing and backgrounds.  At least this is my goal.

Charcoal and pencil portrait drawings by John Singer Sargent are incredible pieces of art, that are exactly the style I’ve been looking for to study and learn from.  Mr. Sargent used edges like no other, loose and soft for the background and clothing, but conveying accurately the faces.  His combination of light/darks and edges is for me exceptional.  This is not to say that his oil portraits don’t compare, they are tremendous works, but I’m personally attracted to his portrait drawings and have decided to study them.

My first study is of Sargents’ charcoal drawing of Helen Sears, (1912).  I was attracted to this drawing because of how effectively he used lighting and edges to illustrate the darkness of the scene with her bulky hat, heavy clothes and yet we still see someone who is feminine, but proper for the time period.  This intrigued me because of how dark and unforgiving charcoal can be in drawings – his use of charcoal is exciting to me.

My drawing was done in free-hand using charcoal on Strathmore sketch paper (12×9) with a set time limit of one-hour.

My Study of Helen Sears

My Study of Helen Sears

This first study is for Prospero – thanks for the encouragement to draw more portraits!

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Thursdays Drawing – Strands of Silk, #2


Thursday already?  Where has the time gone ~

Long silk strands of sea-foam that drapes over and down the incoming wave have started to be developed in this graphite drawing (6×9).  Working the values ranges properly will be critical if I expect to get the kind of water-effects I’m looking for with this seascape.  Graphite will be the primary medium in this pencil drawing – 2H, HB, B were used today.

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Strands of Silk, #2

Strands of Silk, #2

 

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Personal Challenge, Rocks/Boulders – #10 Chagrin Falls, OH


#10 in my challenge is a scene from Chagrin Falls, OH – what attracted me about the scene was the stack of rocks highlighted by the beautiful waterfalls.

Chagrin Falls, an oil pastel (7×5) was painted on black Mi-Teintes Pastel Paper – the paper was perfect for creating a dark atmosphere as the base of the scene, letting the stack rocks standout and the waterfall punctuate the senses.  Mainly used Senneliers brand of OPs, as well as Neopastels and Holbeins.

Only five studies to go ~

Chagrin Falls, #10

Chagrin Falls, #10

The reference image is from Michele Long of pmp.

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Personal Challenge Rocks/Boulders Studies – #9 Boulders Acadia National Park


#9 is another study of Maine boulders – hard to resist all the great formations in that region of the country.

Acadia National Park an oil pastel study (5×7) of an area in Bar Harbor, ME along the loop road drive – a great way to see the park.  A beautiful area that is rich in heritage and long on scenic views of the mountains and ocean.  And, talk about rock formations – in this particular spot the boulders are huge slabs hugging the shoreline.  Also check out the water colors, both reflecting the deep, rich green forestry and sky – unless it’s a gray day, the water colors are always cold and gorgeous.

Thanks for checking in on the studies, only 6 more to go!

Boulders in Acadia National Park, #9

Boulders in Acadia National Park, #9

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Thursday’s Drawing – Strands of Silk, #1


Time for a new Thursday’s drawing project – yes, you’ve guessed it another wave scene!  I’m allowing 45 minutes to one-hour tops each week for working on this piece – I don’t want to interrupt my focus.

Strands of Silk (6×9) is being drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using 2H, HB, B and 3B graphite pencils.  I love the scene, but oh boy it’s going to be a dozy with many challenges because of the long main wave.  I’ve drawn a basic foundation of the scene, but the real development will be when water patterns reveal themselves during the drawing process.  Water patterns change by the nano-second, right?  The natural process of moving water has a certain ebb and flow, I want it to talk to me (I want to feel it), thus letting the patterns come forward as the graphite is applied and blended.  This is what excites me about drawing the sea.

For week one I wanted to work the background water and then go forward taking a section at a time because of the intricate sea-foam patterns coming off the thick long wave.

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Strands of Silk, #1

Strands of Silk, #1

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Personal Challenge – Rocks/Boulders Studies: #8 Foreside Cove


This scene is natures way of saying, slow down and enjoy   .  .  .

Foreside Cove painting (oil pastel, 4×6) is of an inlet that is located at the end of our street in Maine – such a beautiful place.  If you look to the back of the scene the opening between the two slices of land – that’s leads you to the open ocean.  When the tide was out the water, hitting the rocks, gets sucked out almost 20 – 30 yards so far in fact you can walk all the way out on sand and small pebbles.  AND, when the tide was out you’d see evidence of clams just under the sand by the little spurts of water shooting out of the sand every now and then.  We couldn’t go clamming though, it was illegal without a license.  Gosh I loved it there.

The bank of rocks up and down the beach along this Cove is made up of large slabs of slanting rocks/boulders.   The further up the coast of Maine the slabs take on shades of gray, than the ones around where I lived – they were more of tans, rusts and beige colors.

The oil pastel painting was done on Strathmore Pastel Paper – I rarely use this paper because it leaves checks and takes a tremendous amount of oil pastel paint to fill them in.  But, this is a study and I have lots of this stuff – so I figured it was a good way to start clearing my supply.

Enjoy a little taste of Maine ~

Foreside Cove, #8

Foreside Cove, #8

 

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SONETTO TIMOROSO


Mary:

Do you know “Littleoldladywho.net”? If not, you are in for a sweet treat. Cynthia, author of this blog, is an amazing author of poetry – I simply love the breadth and range of her work, and the emotional cords that she reaches in every piece she writes. Only recently she began to record her poems so we could enjoy the theatrical drama that her voice delivers as she cleverly dances over the words.
So do open the blog and get ready to thoroughly enjoy Miss Cynthia’s writing treasures and do be sure to scroll to the end of her poem for there is her recording that will have you wanting more.

Originally posted on littleoldladywho.net:

Upon a sea of doubt in love I drift
Knowing I do not know the way to go
When torrents take my craft so swift
Toward you—I am a boat I cannot row.

So many moons surround you, that my own
Pale beam adds little to your light.
Were I to make my tender feelings known
I fear you would be–oh so graciously–polite.

Stark reality could break my heart
Sooner than love lived only in a dream,
So I will keep my distance, and my life apart
From you, in silent ardor and esteem.

Love knows not how it grows or why,
Nor, in my utter helplessness, do I.
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SONETTO TIMOROSO

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