Wednesday, March 24, 2010

more following the masters


Copy of Raphael's St. Catherine of Alexandria (5x7)
This is the other painting I selected for the Following the Masters challenge; what first attracted me to it was the gesture, her contrapposto. As I copied it I was struck by the opulence of her drapery and all the colors I could see in it the more I looked.
I had to wash out and repaint the eye several times: I got the upward-looking gesture but, in the original, something in the whites of her eyes makes me think of terror; perhaps Raphael meant to suggest she could foresee her martyrdom?

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8 comments:

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

Love all of the colors that you used. wonderful painting.

AutumnLeaves said...

This is breathtaking, Laura. I love the fact that you are making these pieces your own with the watercolors. Gorgeous work! You should be proud of yourself; I am quite proud of you!

RHCarpenter said...

I liked the previous challenge painting you did, but this...this I LOVE! Your colors just make me smile. This one should be matted and framed, definitely!

Gillian said...

This is so very striking - great use of colour in your brushwork. x

A Brush with Color said...

Oh, somehow I missed this one, Laura. I am loving your masters series. Really lovely! Great idea to practice that. I agree that you're totally making these your own, too.

Sherry said...

This is charming as well, a fresh look at a Renaissance
saint. It captures the graceful pose, flowing drapery, and bright color that make these paintings so appealing.

Anne Campbell said...

This is so beautiful with exceptional colour work!

Nicki said...

I love both your entries... especially the vibrant colours in this one. And thanks for stopping by my blog!

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