I have been writing in my to-do/reminder book that I wanted to do some sort of Seven Sorrows based art for like, two years. I wanted there to be more than pallid spanish statues depicting it. I was was intimidated at the idea of drawing figures in motion which is so hard unless you have models. So I decided to do it my way. I started in June and spent several months getting the concept, making my knots, measuring the paper and drawing. A week ago I mixed my colors based on a Crivelli inspired painting in a plastic egg carton. Several days ago I stopped most everything else and just painted. My husband agrees that the watercolor works! Speaking of him, it was his idea to incorporate the teardrop shape.
I love the work of Giovanni Battista Salvi Sassoferrato! I just realized. I do not know anything about him yet. Art history mostly talks about groundbreaking artists. But sometimes my favorite artists did not do anything revolutionary. I like how this particular artist has high contrasting values while yet being crisp and fluttery.
This drawing took me many hours but I enjoyed it. I like master copies because all you have to do is put down what you see. It is all there for you. No more decisions or research or enterpretation of three dimensional space onto paper. I did however, have a hard time with the third grade multiplication of fractions involved with enlarging the picture from my iPhone screen to my paper. I literally had a ruler up to my screen.