Head of an Arab

John Singer Sargent Head of an Arab is my study of John Singer Sargent’s oil sketch. He would have painted around 1890-91 when he toured Egypt, Greece and Turkey. It was probably painted abroad, however, he may well have painted it from a model when he returned to London. Sargent was commissioned by the Trustees … Read more

John Singer Sargent

Sketchbook Tips TIP 11. Studying the work of other artists is a great way to improve your artistic skills. However there are a number of different levels of study that one can tackle. I’ve recently purchased several books about the American artist John Singer Sargent which I have studying. My initial approach is to quickly … Read more

Portrait by John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent One of my favourite artists of all time is the American John Singer Sargent. He’s one of the finest portrait painters of all time. Sargent trained under Carolus-Duran in Paris. One of the disciplines that Sargent practised to develop his craft was to make careful studies of the old masters whom he … Read more

Grand Canal, Venice

Academia Bridge The view from the Academia Bridge of the Santa Maria della Salute and the Grand Canal is probably the definitive view of Venice. In 1630 Venice experienced a devastating outbreak of the plague. The Republic of Venice vowed to build a church to be dedicated to Our Lady of Health. A student of Andre … Read more

Museo Correr

Sargent

Museo Correr In May 2007 I spent several days painting in Venice. I was fortunate enough to take in a superb exhibition of paintings of Venice by one of my favourite artists John Singer Sargent. The exhibition was held at the Museo Correr in St Mark’s Square. John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is said to be … Read more

Top Sketch Book Tips – Drawing with a brush

Drawing with a brush

Tip 4 Limited Palette Why don’t you try Drawing with a brush and paint with one colour or a limited palette instead of using a pencil. You will achieve a quality of line that will vary in thickness.  This will make your brush strokes look far more interesting. You will also become more confident about … Read more

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