Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Drawing at the National Gallery in London

While visiting England in May of 2013, I had a chance to visit the National Gallery. I went with a sketchbook and Dewent watersoluble ink pencils. Instead of trying to look at every painting, I spent my time sketching a few and seeing more. I used a water brush occasionally and no one seemed to mind.

Seurat's  "Bathers at Asnieres" is very calm with lots of blue and touches of orange that glow, I located most of the oranges in my sketch.

Degas' "Portrait of Elena Carafa" looks much younger than my sketch, less jowls. 

A fragment of a fragment of Manet's painting inspired by Goya's "The Third of May 1808"

Only when I started drawing did I notice the bridge and small boat in Turner's train painting.  I read later that there's a rabbit in this painting, but I didn't see it.

Uccello's horses look like they could have galloped in from a Disney cartoon.

I stood to the side so I could better see the skull in Holbein's "The Ambassadors."

The right side of Cezanne's bathers attracted my attention, especially the figure on the far right. Why was she so thin?

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