Evolution of Bouguereau

I have always wanted to paint a classical piece of art. I was able to focus on this project, when I took a class from Joseph Brickey.

Our assignment was to duplicate one of the masters of the past.

I chose the same one that I fell in love with when I was on my mission in Pittsburgh PA. I had visited the Carnegie Museum of Art on a P day and spent a good two hours there.

The one that I fell in love with was called "The Girl."

The first time, I looked at it I could not even pronounce the name correctly, Bouguereau.

I looked at it for at least 10 minutes until my companion pulled me away for a short time.

After, I went back to it and studied it again and again and asked for just another 5 minutes. I was amazed at the smoothness and the slight transitions and the glow of the paint. I was literally mesmerized.

When I saw it again for the second time at the art studio, I knew "The Girl" was the one I wanted to paint; even though it was more complicated than the art pieces the other students had chosen.

I used transparent paint and a smooth style of laying the paint on the canvas, I wanted everything to be smooth. This experience was so much fun, I would love to paint like this always.


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