I put the finishing touches on this painting and signed it! I'm always very particular when I sign a painting and it usually takes me three or four times to get it just right. I had to erase this signature 4 times before I was happy with the way it looks. I also had to touch up the hand a bit even after I signed it. I guess the work never ends. I read that Bouguereau would continue to work on a painting even after it was framed!
I'll let this dry now before I varnish it. I have some commissions to work and I want to start another dog painting for the upcoming show at the Ridgewood Art Institute.
Just put the finishing touches on my portrait and signed it! I'll be varnishing it after it dries fully and then photographing it. I said previously that I photograph my work before I varnish it, but I've switched methods so now I photograph it after I varnish it.
On another note, my classes at the Ridgewood Art Institute start in 8 days and I'm very excited. I'm also proud to announce that I'm going to be a TA for a class in NYC at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. The ICAA class is titled, "Observational Drawing Skills For Architects & Designers and will be taught by John Woodrow Kelley.
*See the picture below for more details about the ICAA class.
Those who know me, know that I love the academic painter, William Bouguereau. I recently had the opportunity to purchase a letter, written and signed by Bouguereau. I wanted to share this letter and its translation because it might be interesting to other people also. I'm so grateful to my friend, Mr. Arnaud Courgey for his beautiful translation. Please see below for the translation.
I also learned that the black border on the paper means that Bouguereau was in mourning. I did some research and found out that in 1880, his grandson, Willie, was born which was a joyous time for Bouguereau, but before that, Bouguereau experienced much grief from family deaths.
My interpretation of the letter is that an artist wrote to Bouguereau to ask about why they weren't selected for a salon exhibit or other show and Bouguereau wrote back to explain the jury's selection. I like this letter because it shows Bouguereau's compassion by the fact that he took the time to write to this artist. I hope any fellow Bouguereau fans enjoy this letter and will share the information!