In case you don’t follow me on Instagram (or you missed it), I wanted to share that I finished number 100 of my #100oilstills series! It’s pretty amazing to think that I have painted over 200 oil paintings in the last year, especially since it’s just a side hobby.
And, I was so pleased that number 100 turned out as well as it did and I could clearly see how all of the hours put in at the easel between numbers 1 and 100 have paid off.
One of my followers on my art Instagram account said it was like a bouquet of yellow fireworks, celebrating the achievement. I loved that description of it.
As a comparison, here is number 1 and number 100 side by side.
Since progress is my goal, I would say that goal has been met.
I have continued doing still life paintings since I have enjoyed them, but I have mostly been working on assignments for my online art class over the past 2-3 weeks. I do need to start a new series, though. Having a goal keeps me focused. So, I’m not sure what it will be next. Structures and portraits are two things I’d like to work on, so those are contenders.
So, speaking of my assignments, we just finished the module on master copies. The instructor selected Renoir’s self-portrait, but she encouraged us to select an artist and subject that we were drawn to and that was close to our stylistic goals. I knew, without hesitation, which painting I wanted to copy. It was one I recently saw in person at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris…
It’s a portrait of Berthe Morisot (also a famous impressionist artist) painted by Edouard Manet. (Just to clarify Manet and the more famous Monet are two different impressionist painters.)
As a side note, I have really enjoyed reading about the impressionist painters as I’ve been studying art. I always thought of them as being rivals; working in secret in their studios in order to prevent their contemporaries from copying them. It was quite the opposite, though. They painted together and often. They painted portraits of each other and each other’s family members and they even painted some of the same scenes. And they worked together to refine this new and radical art form and fought to have it accepted by the conventional art world.
Anyway, I just love the story of community in the greater story of the impressionist movement.
So, I picked Manet’s portrait to copy…
Because it’s a portrait, I had to go bigger than I ever have before – 16″ x 20″. It seemed gigantic, but once I started working on the portrait, it felt right for the subject. It’s helped me break through the fear of a large canvas.
There were times that I thought I bit off more than I could chew, but I enjoyed the process of painting this portrait.
That outfit and hat were so fun!
I struggled a bit on the face but pushed through the awkward stages and I love how it turned out…
It’s definitely not a dead ringer. But given that it is my first ever portrait painted in oil, I’m pretty proud of it!
Even though it’s not a true copy, I like the choices I made and how she turned out. It ended up being my version of Manet’s painting.
I was happy to find that I had an antique frame that fit the painting perfectly. I varnished the painting yesterday and now it’s hanging in our living room. I’ll have to show a picture of it hanging in there because it works so well with the blue fabrics, gray walls, and black curtain rods.
I’m definitely going to be on the hunt for more antique frames, so I can fill them with paintings.
Next up is our portrait module, so I’ll be painting more portraits and I may even take that on as my next series. Not sure if I can handle 100 of them since that will take me an eternity, but maybe I could take on 25 or so…
If you’re interested in the online art classes I’ve been taking, you can find more information HERE. (This is an affiliate link, but I would share it either way. It’s been a great course that has helped me a lot!)