|The hand of Madame X by Sargent|
You may already know that Sargent is one of the painting gods in whose artworks most artists today find inspiration and awe. He was a famous and popular portrait artist and painter, an American born in Florence, Italy, but who made his fame elsewhere first. I love it that we were permitted to take photos in the museum. I never use flash and I like to get close. I have not bothered here to share with you the complete painting of a featured work. [The one shown here included people for your idea of his scale.] JS Sargent is famous enough that you likely know the works anyway.
Plus, let us zoom in on the delicious details of Sargent’s work. I captured these images to help me remember the play of cold and warm, loose vs. more finished/detailed, and edges. Always edges make the world of difference for the emotion conveyed in a work of art.
Thank you to those who sent me kind words about my blog and newsletter. There was so much that I had to accomplish while in the US that my writing had to take a step back. I thank you for making my art party with Warren Cullar a successful event in Austin, Texas, and that your interest and support make my life as an artist continue. I am in the process of finding a home here in Italy and anxious to get settled in a new studio space. I have a lot of creative time to make up for! Grazie mille.