P.S. (Though I put it first) I have 2 new workshops. End of May, 3-day flower intensive. Mid December, Carol Marine for a 5-day. Early registration discount - http://workshops.7weststudio.com
I searched the interwebs high and low for someone else's WIP of a Thayer copy, and couldn't find one. So here's mine.
11 x 14 oil on linen
Lisa Gloria after Abbott Handerson Thayer, "Angel" 1911
Of course, I have only digital images to go off, and they vary WILDLY in color and cropping. The one I chose to use is this one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/maulleigh/4161751482/sizes/m/ Most versions of the painting blow out the lights so much there appears to be no modeling at all, but you can see it on Maulleigh's version, so I picked it.
My goal is to paint it the way he painted it, or at least try. Without getting it stroke for stroke like you can with a drawing, I will say that I will give it my best shot, but can't really do it exactly the same way (especially since Thayer spent several years on his paintings. That's not going to happen.).
If you click on the original size image and scroll around, it looks to be painted opaquely with some glazed accents added at the end. But if you scroll down to the bottom left corner, where the blue background fades out, I think we're seeing a bistre under there. Certainly his other paintings show thin bistre-type washins. So, that's my guess, and I began with a brown underpainting, accomplished by mixing burnt sienna and ultramarine blue. Even if that wasn't his method, it will certainly make my life easier to do it that way.
Step 2 coming this week. :-)
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