A work of art

I went to the National Gallery a few days ago, and I was thrilled to see not just art, but also art in the making. This artist was in the middle of a painting, showing a young woman visiting the museum. Unfortunately, the model had left already, but the painter was very fun to watch.
He used utmost care when blending his colors and used about ten or fifteen brushes at once. He took much more time in choosing what colors to use than to actually paint. When he had finally gotten his color mix right, he would take several steps back from the painting, holding up his brush to check that everything was in order, then enthusiastically walk up to the canvas and draw a tiny brush stroke on it. He then stepped away once more to better see the effect of his latest addition to his work.
Between all the color-choosing and the away-stepping, not much painting got done. Small wonder the model had left already.

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8 Responses to A work of art

  1. Anastasia says:

    The process you’ve described reminds me putting on make-up :D Several brushes, mixing colours, stepping back to take a look- all girls are artists in this way ;)

  2. Nina says:

    I would have loved to see this! It sounds so super serious and quite funny at the same time :)

  3. Gabriella says:

    How fascinating. I would have loved to watch this…however not for more than one hour!

  4. Araceli says:

    I truly admire artist. To be able to capture of moment in time is amazing. I have never seen one work but I think I would like to.

  5. Ilona Opengeim-Cherkas says:

    The model is very beautiful, but there’s too much blush covering her cheeks…:)

  6. It sounds very fascinating and it looks like it will be a very nice painting when it’s done. How long did you watch him? Did you ask permission to photograph him? :D

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