Here is today’s drawing effort…these drawings are from the John Waterhouse painting “Penelope and her suitors”.
Waterhouse was a master at painting women. They are so beautiful and elegant.
Also, something that you see in other figurative painters is how they will continue to use the same model. And if they do it for a number of years then you get to see these people grow up or get old.
Waterhouse defied the stereotype of the artist being the flaky, antisocial character living alone in his garret and cutting off parts of his body. He was in fact well-respected member of English society and was even happily married to just one woman.
I remember going to see the original “Penelope and her suitors” in Aberdeen, Scotland and being quite blown away by it. It is quite large and gorgeous. I am a fan of JWW.
Going to see a favourite original work of art is kind of like seeing your favourite band play live. When you can get your nose an inch or two away from the canvas and really study the work it is kind of like having a conversation with the artist about how they worked. When you can see the brushwork, or how they mixed colours together then you can really get a real appreciation of their skill as a artist.