Today I began copying a Fragonard painting. Copying is a centuries old tradition in that it helps an artist understand composition, color, and form, especially if an artist is trying to learn certain techniques from that master. I chose this piece to copy because I am interested in the coloring, brushwork and composition that Fragonard uses.
Next, I began sketching out the forms using burnt umber and a small brush, also diluted with mineral spirits.
From there, I began painting from the back to the front of the painting (from the background to the foreground).
First the darks, then the lights, getting progressively more detailed.
Part 2 to come!