Monday, March 3, 2014

Botticelli WIP

I finished up a couple of pages in my fabric/plaster journal this weekend, before attempting to dig into Botticelli in the Studying Under the Masters class that I'm taking online.

This woman started out as an image transfer, although she got completely painted over.

The Tuscan countryside scene out the window below was also an image transfer, and I painted the window over it.  

I like how it looks like Kate the Great (from my last post) is looking out the window.

Now, this scary looking picture on the right is a WIP, rest assured!  I've been watching the Botticelli week with Jenny Wentworth, and apparently Botticelli used to paint his backgrounds first.  So Jenny painted her background black and did her initial sketching with white charcoal, so I decided to try it too, although mine is on a piece of linen with plaster over it.  It was definitely different, to just not be drawing the areas that are dark.  Not sure exactly where I'm going with this, but I have really enjoyed reading about him and looking at his paintings this week.  I'm a total sucker for Italian Renaissance paintings - I've been to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and seen some of his paintings, and the Sistine Chapel,  but it was such an overwhelming experience that it's kind of a blur now.