Day One: Linda asked us to duplicate a Degas pastel of our own choosing using a limited palette on toned Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper. I'll post my effort alongside the original when I finish it--a truly humbling experience. There's nothing you can attempt artistically that is more illuminating than copying a Degas. I've heard more than once that the best way to learn pastels is to copy Degas, and the best way to learn color theory.
Linda introduced us to one book in particular I want to add to my shelf, Degas: The Nudes by Richard Thompson available at Amazon--lots of beautiful images.
Two new things I learned about Degas on Saturday:
- He liked to draw the figure on tracing paper and use it in multiple drawings/paintings.
- He sometimes started a representational figure painting and later turned it into an abstracted landscape or totally non-referential abstraction.