Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sketching at the Museum...

Some wonderful shows have visited the Getty Center this summer, and with every visit I do some sketching.  The Richard Meier building always has dramatic light and shadows, and the 360 views of Los Angeles are fantastic!


 From an evening at the Getty Center, which coincided with a large brush fire some miles north--the sky looked bruised with red-violet clouds as the sun was going down...

Later, a fun gathering of artists!





The summer brought "Unruly Nature:  The Landscapes of Theodore Rousseau"--drawings and paintings of the great 19th c. French landscape artist.  I found his work so inspiring--I made several visits and lots of little studies.  I learned a new and very useful word: "ebauche"--a word used by critics to mean unfinished--but precisely the quality that makes his work feel very fresh, even raw at times.  Here are some little thumbnails studies in pencil, ink wash and markers...




Inspired by Rousseau's work, a view from the Getty of Los Angeles, looking southwest towards Santa Monica in watercolor and gouache on top of a pencil drawing...



 More Getty visitors...lunch next to the Sculpture Terrace...














More sketching inspired by Rousseau...first a pencil sketch of the hillside looking east...















I returned soon after to add watercolor and gouache to this view...


Summer evenings at the Getty--are lovely!  












Waiting for the tram to leave the Getty Center...a quick sketch of "That Profile" by Martin Puryear...











Currently on view until November 13 at the Getty Center is a spectacular painting show, "London Calling" with the works of Bacon, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach, Kitaj--and the absolutely stunning work of Lucian Freud.  If you're in Los Angeles--not to be missed!

1 comment:

  1. Virginia, here at the Getty we stumbled across your work and we love it. I'm wondering if you would be interested in doing a takeover of our Instagram account. If so, please e-mail me at aluce@getty.edu.

    Thank you,
    Adrienne Luce
    Digital Communications Manager, J. Paul Getty Museum

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