I’m working on paintings (finishing them up, actually) for a story about a cat who lives in Venice circa 1890. Since the publisher refused to send me to la Serenissima to gather visual research (hey, you can’t blame a boy for asking!), I was forced to make do with the beautiful paintings of John Singer Sargent, who lived in Venice at the same time our cat did.
To help me get a feel for the color scheme, or palette, I did small color studies of some of Sargent’s Venetian paintings. Here’s his painting of the Rialto:
…and my study of it.
I recommend this kind of exercise. I learned so much about color from Sargent by mimicking his paintings. Here are more:
A piu tardi—