Watercolor Paint-along

I’m still on a John Singer Sargent high!

On the MFA website there’s a “Learn Sargent’s Technique” video where an artist, Monika de Vries Gohlke, demonstrates John Singer Sargent’s wet wash technique.  I watched it a few times and this morning decided to paint along.

Have I nailed it?  … not by a long shot!  But it was fun and that’s what matters.

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Last days at the MFA!

Road trip! …words that make my heart sing!

We set off Monday morning on a long awaited excursion to see the John Singer Sargent exhibit at the MFA… Museum of Fine Arts.  And oh what a glorious day it was!   Sunny and warm and no accidents on the highway to slow us down.  We did make a wrong turn but even that surprise didn’t ruin our day.  Google’s map girl to the rescue!  She led us through downtown Boston twisting and turning past plenty of city landmarks.

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Thank goodness for smartphones with navigation.  She led us directly to the museum.

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It does my heart good to see how many young people were in line; the gallery was packed!

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The John Singer Sargent Watercolors exhibit was everything I expected and more.  Almost 100 pieces are exhibited in the Gund Gallery on the lowest level of the Art of the Americas wing.

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Museum rules prevent me from sharing the photos I took of his work but follow the links here to see two of my favorites.  La Biancheria (1910) shows laundry drying in the sun. JSS is masterful as he paints the whites of the shirts and sheets along with the shadows. Boboli (1906) is a painting of a statue in the Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy.  I was completely taken by his treatment of the shadows on the pedestal.  If you zoom in to see either of these images just imagine me, my eyes just inches from the paper.  I was mesmerized.

I highly recommend a visit but unfortunately, there are only days left to see the exhibit in Boston… it closes Monday January 20th.

Of course, if you prefer, you can always see it in Houston, Texas, March 2 – May 26.  The drive may be a bit longer.  I’m sure Google’s map girl will help you too.