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Friday, December 3, 2010

Thea in Sorolla's House

A MyArtTutor Star Student sees Sorolla up close and personal!

 "The Horse's Bath"
© 1909 Sorolla

I was introduced to Sorolla's work through Timothy C. Tyler (one of MyArtTutors). Impressed by his loose style when looking in a book, but then I realized that the size was monstrous to be that casual...80.7 inches x 98.5 inches...6 x 8 FEET. Now, that is impressive, and that ain't all, scooby-do.

He painted it from life! On the beach! Now that requires one heck of a pochade box and tripod...hahaha! Known as the 'Master of Light' you can see why when you visit his website. Wonder how he got that horse to stand still?

Quotes attributed to Sorolla:

"I could not paint at all if I had to paint slowly. Every effect is so transient, it must be rapidly painted.”

"The great difficulty with large canvases is that they should by right be painted as fast as a sketch. By speed only can you gain an appearance of fleeting effect. But to paint a three yard canvas with the same dispatch as one of ten inches is well-nigh impossible.”

The complete works by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida

Thea has studied with 3 of our tutors...Timothy C. Tyler, Urania Christy Tarbet, and Margaret Evans. She's been painting for a relatively short time, mostly in acrylics. In the past several months Thea has been experiencing oil and soft pastels.

"Thea's Rose"
©2010 Thea
soft pastel on Black Canson 

She is a new fan of soft pastels, and above is Thea's first pastel effort...a rose from Urania's Class #6001 "Floral Still Life.

"Black Rock Cottage"
©2010 Thea
soft pastel on Ampersand PastelBord

Her first pastel landscape was created for Margaret's "Glencoe" Class #4001 (above)

©2010 Thea
Acrylic on canvas

And a stunning variation of Tim's class #1001, "Still Life" executed in acrylic.

Way to go Thea!

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