Done At Last….

Finally finished copying Edouard Manet’s “A Bar At The Folies Bergere“, it was hard but I learned loads about painting from one of the great painters. Of course, now I’ve decided that it’s done, I can see a lot of things that I could improve, but I have to call a halt to it sometime.Continue reading “Done At Last….”

A Hassle Of Bottles

I’ve finished the group of bottles on the left hand side of my copy of Edouard Manet’s painting “A Bar At The Folies Bergere”. There’s another group on the right of the picture to complete, but with fewer bottles and they’re mostly done, just some detailing to do. I feel like I’m getting near theContinue reading “A Hassle Of Bottles”

One Bottle At A Time.

I’m still copying the painting by Manet and it’s a right slog, I can tell you. It’s mostly done, just the finer details to do, so today I decided to tackle it a bottle at a time – there are a lot of bottles – and worked on the pink wine bottle. It’s nearly finished,Continue reading “One Bottle At A Time.”

Another Day, Another Segment

I moved onto another bit of Manet’s “A Bar At The Folies Bergere” painting that I’m copying today, upside down because it’s easier. The oranges are almost finished, the glassware is shaping up and I’ve laid down a base coat for the bottle. Still-life painting is new to me and much more complex than IContinue reading “Another Day, Another Segment”

Details And Fiddly Bits.

I’m still copying Manet’s painting, “A Bar At The Folies Bergere” and still working with the picture upside down. It’s certainly easier than painting it right way up, but it’s so complicated and it’s taking ages. It’s not just a portrait, it’s also a series of little still life groupings and these are the thingsContinue reading “Details And Fiddly Bits.”

More Upside Down Shenanigans

I carried on copying Manet’s “Bar At The Folies Bergere” today, working on a still life section of the painting. I’ve kept to the upside down technique as I’m finding it easier to copy when what I’m seeing is shapes and colours, rather than ‘things’. There’s a fair bit more work to do on theseContinue reading “More Upside Down Shenanigans”

Too Polished.

I carried on painting another segment of Edouard Manet’s “A Bar At The Folies Bergere” this evening after work. I didn’t do much because I’ve been so tired since I went down with Covid19 back in March, but I’m getting better bit by bit. Now that I’m studying Manet’s painting upside down, the roughness andContinue reading “Too Polished.”

Doing It Upside Down

I started this painting ages ago, back last year, when we were in lockdown and I was painting weekly with Ed Sumner’s “Cheese and Wine Painting Club” on Facebook. It’s a famous work, “The Bar At The Folies Bergere” by the Impressionist painter Edouard Manet. I’ve been putting off finishing it, partly because of life,Continue reading “Doing It Upside Down”

Checking My Tones

I’ve spent the past couple of hours on the second part of Ed Sumner’s Zoom tutorial, painting Edouard Manet’s “Bar At The Folies Bergere”. Ed suggested using the wonders of modern technology to take a digital photo in black and white to check the tones of our paintings and compare with the original (he providedContinue reading “Checking My Tones”

Pushing Me Hard

I did some more work on my copy of Impressionist artist Edouard Manet’s “Bar at the Folies Bergere” today, getting the figure blocked in and making some adjustments to the size and shape of the bottles in the foreground. At the moment there’s very little colour in it, black, white and warm greys, but thereContinue reading “Pushing Me Hard”