|After Arkhipov The Washer Women|
I started this masters study last November and am finally calling it done. It was done in oil on 90 x 45 cm MDF gesso primed.
I gridded the panel and the image in photoshop then drew the figures on the panel in pencil. Everything else was done in oils. I see some folks doing the initial blocking or values in acrylics and I think I will try that next time.
I blocked things in pretty quickly then put in some details. Most of the rest of the work was done in a few glazes. The glazing was not something I had tried before to any great extent but it helped pull it together. I have not seen the original of this and there are a few copies of this painting on the Internet. They vary a lot in saturation and hue. In the end I worked from the highest res image I could find. I have no idea how ArKhipov worked but I really liked the light and colour treatment. I also liked the subject matter (not many images like this out there). I think I may have been empathising with the main figure. I am stuck in a not so great job at the moment and when I am there I feel like this lady looks.
This is the eighth masters study I have done. I have a few other Arkhipov studies in Photoshop from last year here and here.