On occasion something by one of the painters of the past will appeal to me so much that I draw their paintings - not really a copy, more like drawing a still-life that happens to be an image already. Here are a few selections from that stack:
First Caravaggio ~ This is "Saul's Conversion on the Road to Damascus:
~ and here's his "Deposition of Christ": When I finally stood in front of this painting in the Vatican, I was amazed to find that unlike the other painters of his time, the surface was not glossy, but matt, like a kid glove. Photographs do not reveal that.
I'm crazy about Peter Breughel, the Elder ~ this is his 'Peasant Wedding". Drawing it was like doing a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. I faltered when I got to the face of the bride, and had to use whiteout!
Here's Titian's "Diana Surprised at Her Bath". Titian is a painter's painter - nothing is better than his color. I think about Titian a lot - if I had to choose one painter to admire, he would be the one.
Michelangelo's "Aged Faun", given my obsession with faunishness, was a must draw. This is the same blue tablet paper that the "Crows" were done on.
The last image is the only remainder from a strange project; "Famous Naked Ladies of History". I did versions of paintings that I thought were of the best naked ladies ~ Titian's "Venus of Urbino"; Botticelli's "Birth of Venus", Goya's "Maja Unclothed" (the FIRST image of a naked lady I ever saw!) one of Renoir's "Bathers", and Manet's "Olympia". My versions were made by cutting out stencils of the ladies and their accessories, rolling on pigment with a brayer, then adding finishing details with a brush. (!)
Somewhere in the studio I THINK there's still a collage of the positive images cut out of the stencils - I'll look for it. As it turned out, the best lady in the batch was not naked. She is the maid delivering flowers in Manet's Olympia. I took the liberty of replacing the lapdog in the original with a black cat.
Well I found it - here are the stencil cutouts for the famous naked ladies, late of an old-fashioned Kroger bag - so I guess you could say they're bag ladies. After I finished using the stencils I couldn't resist pasting these into a collage of their own.
And while I was looking I found this take on Vermeer's "The Letter" - one of my all time favorite paintings. The ravishing "Girl in a Red Hat" - is THE favorite Vermeer, and I did do a version of that one too, but I don't know what happened to it!