Friday Workshop

imageJoshua Reynolds, British (English) (1723–1792)
Portrait of a Woman, Possibly Elizabeth Warren
1759
Oil on canvas
93-3/4 x 58-1/4 in. (238.1 x 147.8 cm)
ACF 1961.02

Since there is no special exhibit at the Kimbell currently, the permanent collection is displayed all over the museum. All of the images here are from the Kimbell. The Friday workshop was about fashion as depicted in selected works in the permanent collection, and, as usual, was a great workshop. A guided tour by one of the wonderful docents gave our group information about the dress of the day from the fabrics used to the construction of the garments.

 image George Romney, British (English) (1734–1802)
Portrait of Mrs. Andrew Reid
c. l780–88
Oil on canvas
91-7/8 x 56-3/4 in. (233.4 x 144.2 cm)
ACF 1957.03

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Frederic Leighton, British (English) (1830–1896)
Portrait of May Sartoris
c. 1860
Oil on canvas
59-7/8 x 35-1/2 in. (152.1 x 90.2 cm)
ACF 1964.03

imageHenri Matisse, French (1869–1954)
L’Asie (Asia)
1946
Oil on canvas
45-3/4 x 32 in. (116.2 x 81.3 cm)
AP 1993.01

This is one of my favorite Matisse portraits. I love the textiles and the bright colors.

The way the workshop was set up, we all met in the auditorium for an overview of the museum visit, then broke up into groups with a docent, and ended with the actual art project. Each person was to choose one the works of art, sketch it on paper, use gouache paints on our sketches, then use wonderful decorative papers to collage our own “works of art.” Instead of choosing one of the beautiful paintings shown here, I chose a colorless statue to sketch. (I believe that it is possible to tell which is the statue and the sketch without further explanation!imageFashion-Workshop

Attributed to Gian Cristoforo Romano, Italian (c. 1465–1512)
Portrait of a Woman, Probably Isabella d’Este
c. 1500
Terracotta, formerly polychromed
21-3/8 x 21-1/2 in. (54.3 x 54.6 cm)
AP 2004.01

I didn’t like the paper that I chose or method of applying the paper that I used, so I removed the paper from the sleeves when I got home. I will try again later with collage. I also did not paint my drawing accurately for the time, but, hey, it’s my sketch, right?

If you would like to see some good collage, look here at the work of Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson. I really like her work and plan to own one someday.

In weaving news, the latest piece has been cut off the loom. I have three weft-faced ikat pieces planned, which will take care of the remaining warp on the loom. At least I hope my calculations are correct! I spent some time at FedEx Office (formerly Kinko’s) making an enlargement of one of the patterns that will be used. I find that I will need to do a little dyeing for one section of the ikat before I can measure and tie.

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