Fine art painting
In February the Indiana Association of Plein Air Painters were allowed to paint inside the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. It was a wonderful day spent perfecting our skills by copying works of the masters in the American West Gallery and Gund Gallery of Western Art. We could also choose to paint a live model decked out in western wear. It was really hard to decide because we were only going to be there for 5 hours. I skipped the model and headed to one of my favorite oil paintings by Bert Geer Phillips (1868-1956). As you can see from the photograph, I instinctively stood the same way as the young man in the painting. He is holding a musical instrument and I am holding a brush! I wonder how the painting I did would have turned out if I had stood in front of the original by Mr. Phillips in the opposite direction. I have painted many figures from life under artificial lighting but not many from natural outdoor lighting so this was a learning experience from a "master". Many people commented that my version did not look exactly like the original so I just told them it was the young man's brother I was painting. (insert laugh track here).
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Many thanks to the Eiteljorg and Staff for giving us this experience. We were very careful to not get any of our paint where it did not belong!