I think I'm about done with this current commission and I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I'm going to look over it one last time, but I'm happy with the way it looks. I was really inspired by Velazquez for this portrait and worked mostly wet-in-wet to finish it part by part.
I've been developing my recent alla prima painting ideas and I'm toying with the idea of writing a short ebook. This is a new idea, but it's something that I would love to do. As readers of my blog will know, I'm a huge fan of John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla and the original godfather of it all, Diego Velazquez. I was fortunate to travel to Madrid last year where I absorbed a lot of information about these amazing painters. For the book, I would inject a lot of my own ideas, but it would also contain a lot of information about alla prima painters of the past.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Sorolla Photos Below!
I just came back from Spain yesterday and I'm excited to share some photos that I took from the trip and talk about my experience. But first, I need to thank Cristina and Alex for having my girlfriend and I stay with you; I will never forget your hospitality and kindness.
I was in Spain for 7 days and I packed as much into them as I could. I visited several places, including the city of Toledo and Valle De Los Caidos (the Valley of the Fallen), but we spent a majority of time in Madrid, which is where the Prado, Thyssen and Sorolla Museums are.
I wasn't allowed to take photos inside the Prado, but I can tell you that it was an amazing place filled with beautiful art. For me, the main draw of the Prado is the large collection of Velazquez paintings, including his large masterpiece Las Meninas. I'm a big fan of Velazquez because he's basically the godfather of all the other painters I love, including Sargent and Sorolla.
I took a ton of photos from my trip, but I want to share some photos from the Sorolla Museum for everyone to enjoy because it's the most wonderful place I've ever been in my whole life.