Sunday, March 25, 2007

Waterhouse Project

After Waterhouse, My Sweet Rose
2.5" x 3.5" (about actual size)

I've been doing monthly projects with the group I'm in called Fine Line Artists. Each month we pick an artist to study up on and do a work inspired by him/her. This month was Waterhouse. I have to confess I was busy this month or recently not feeling well so I didn't study much on him and consequently couldn't come up with much inspiration.

I therefore just made a copy of a detail of one of his paintings in miniature form, My Sweet Rose, which you can find by scrolling down on this page.

I've done quite a few beautiful women miniatures now. I've done Vermeer, John Singer Sargent and some from people at the Vermont Renaissance Fair. I really enjoy doing them and since I seem to learn something every time I do one, maybe when I start doing portraits again, I'll be better than I was before. This time I picked another silhouette which I always find difficult to do. I think what I learned on this one with silhouettes is to keep those edges soft even where you would think it would be a hard edge as with the outline of the nose on the background. Doing this miniature also reinforced some things about color and skin tones. I tend to never put enough yellow in creating a chalky look - I had to keep on adding yellow to get even close to Waterhouse's colors. I love that little band of bright orangey yellow he left on her hairline. How important a bit of green is to lessen the intensity of the pinks in the usual flesh colors was also reinforced.


Casey Klahn said...

How wonderful this image is. I really love it. I actually had a hard time figuring out if it was your work or Waterhause's.
I can see that I will have to get back to figurative work. I need a clone of myself...

Kate said...

I would love to see some of your other miniatures. This was beautiful!

Nicole Caulfield said...

Thank you Casey! :)

Thanks Kate! I have some on my regular website - I'll post it in my new post. :)