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Metcalf sketches

Post by mdmattin » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:37 pm

I’ve been doing these little thumbnail sketches from a book of Willard Metcalf paintings, Sunlight and Shadow. My painting teacher, Paul Rahilly, called this practice “looking with your pencil.” You get to know the painting a lot better through the process of copying it. Metcalf does wonderful things with scale and space, that I really appreciated as I tried to translate them into 3” high pencil scribbles.

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Re: Metcalf sketches

Post by Rebecca » Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:56 am

I looked at Metcalf's inspiring paintings, and thought, "Nice shapes." That's what I would aim to copy. He really did give some clean edges to shapes, especially the darks. Those darks are beautiful. They seem to define the compositions. Not much wrong with his paintings.
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Re: Metcalf sketches

Post by Andre Jute » Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:19 pm

Metcalf came from a time when strong composition was valued and taught. A very good thing, too, as we can see when you highlight what you seem to find of value in his work, Matthew. Well done! Your teacher is one smart cookie.

Weird how the mind works. I didn't recognise Metcalf's name but Matthew's pencil sketches made me vaguely uneasy because I thought I knew the compositional style. When I looked up Metcalf's work, ...
https://www.wikiart.org/en/willard-metc ... pe:masonry
... on the second page (scroll down and click "Load More") in the painting "Cafe" I saw instantly what confused me: I might/probably must have seen Metcalf''s landscapes as a young man, but what I admired was his figures.
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