WIP Week 48 – With a little help from my friend

It’s probably not the best move to post the sketches/studies of this week right after a post with some of the best works of Gerhard Richter, but it is what it is. So here is an overview of WIP of this week.

Still cleaning up the family archives. Found some old pictures of the hallway in the house we live in. They were in an old album that I will have to return to the rightful owner after I am done with scanning. Going by the dates in the album I reckon the picture below is about 90 years old. Several tenants have lived in the house since the picture was taken and the hallway looks totally different now.

And a picture of what car repairs looked like in the 1920ies:

Academy: We had the first model drawing/painting session of the year. In general I do not enjoy these sessions very much so I’m glad it’s only once a month

Had one of those old pictures enlarged for a new painting assignment.

Didn’t do any painting at home and I’m a bit behind with my assignments so I need to catch up on some work this afternoon.

Here are the sketches in my sketchbook of this week. The smudges are mostly made by the cat who decided to help me. Note that the drawings are not meant to be finished drawings, just explorations. The sketch book is one of those dummy books that you can buy at certain outlet book shops. The paper is A4 size, off white and quite course. It is not very fit for use with ink or paint. Too absorbent.

In chronological order:

John the Baptist by da Vinci. The arm is very crooked as halfway I decided to use a copy of it by another painter that is not so fuzzy as  the smudgy Leonardo version. I read somewhere that the man in the picture is Leonardo’s boyfriend, for what it is worth.  Trivia: I find the original painting quite ugly.

St. Catherine by M M d Caravaggio. Random trivia: The cat fell asleep on it when I was halfway so I didn’t finish it.

Searching for the colour scheme of a persimmon. Random trivia: I ate one of the persimmons I bought for the still life. It tasted of absolutely nothing. Not recommended.

Salvator Mundi by Leonarda dV. I read an article in the newspaper about the auction of this painting and had to have a go at it. Unfortunately the pictures on the net are not very clear so the beard looks like very old fungus.

When looking for paintings by Raffaello Sanzio I came across a picture of a French singer called Raphael so made a quick sketch with a beige coloured pencil as he has such a pretty androgynous Renaissancy face. I have darkened the original picture of the sketch a little.

This is based on a discoloured picture in one of the old albums. It had changed to a purple hue over time.

Several body parts of Gabriel in the Annunciation by Adriaen van de Velde as a study of the fabric. The face doesn’t look like the original, I had someone else in mind halfway through the drawing. I suppose the same model was used for the angel in the painting with Jesus in the garden, also wearing an orange robe. He looks very Dutch. The Dutch love orange. I used the site of the Rijksmuseum as it’s possible to zoom in on the picture in great detail.
Trivia: Find the nipple slip in the original.

And another quick study of the Lute player by Hals as I have to work on the second layer of the copy. The cat was very annoying and kept interfering when I was drawing this so it’s very rudimentary end unfinished.

The End

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