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Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Copy of a Mancini.



Copy of a Mancini
 6x8 oil on canvas $150.\
Purchase HERE

Artist Note

Carol Marine
came up with a great
Daily Paintworks Challenge

The idea was a fabulous one...
copy a painting you admire 
and  then do a painting 
using what you learned

details HERE

BUT... after I copied this one 
I found I had no heart to do another.
How can I ever match what this 
guy does - he is brilliant!
Took me forever to do this little urchin!


I saw this piece in a traveling show at the
El Paso Art Museum. 
I took the photo on the left.
 I eye-balled the proportions 
so there are  
several areas that are not quite right.
Doesn't matter - I learned a lot.

I have followed Antonio Mancini's 
work for years.
Sargent was an admirer and has
been quoted as saying,
Mancini
 was the worlds greatest artist

The great Richard Schmid has said
 he, too, was heavily
influenced by Mancini's work.

If you are not familiar with 
his paintings here is a link.

28 comments:

  1. OH my goodness Julie!! This copy is painted beautifully! What a wonderful challenge! I have copied a few of Rembrandrs paintings and I have learned so much by copying his work. I'm embarrassed to say that I'm not familiar with Mancini's work so after going on the link I don't think I will ever forget his work...he is an amazing Artist. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Don't be embarrassed, Hilda. Lots of artists do not know about him if they have not seen his work. Once they see it then most remember it.
      I was thrilled to find you did a beautiful still life. You draw and know your shading so well that they are a natural for you. I hope you do more.

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  2. Mancini's paintings are rich in color and beautifully painted. Of course I love your painting and Carol's idea is brilliant. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Blanche. Happy you liked his work.
      Carol is always coming up with brilliant ideas! She amazes me.

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  3. I think I would feel the same, Julie, where Mancini is concerned. I was just amazed at his works! Such diversity and expression in his portraits. Would be delightful to see an exhibit sometime. I love the one you chose to copy. Thank you for the introduction!

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    1. Thanks Carol. The funny thing is I cannot find the one I copied online. I took the photo in the museum and used it. I should have noticed what it was called.
      The texture of his paint is expressive and in great condition so he was an academian for sure. I have a book with the old fashioned color plates of his work. Its a treasure.

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  4. Bravo, Julie! I also did not know this artist and I was amazed at how similar his work is to N. Fechin. I did a quick search and did not find anything to suggest that they knew of each others work. Some one said "Ideas are in the air" and I guess that applies here. Karen Rodgers

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    1. Hi Karen - good to hear from you.
      If you saw the texture of the paint and its application you would see the differences between the two. Mancini's paintings are still in fabulous condition whereas Fechins actually have pieces falling off and have to be placed back in place. Fechin did different mark making to get his loose effect. Both brilliant!

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  5. Great post. My teacher also always suggests copying the masters. Wonderful way to learn!

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    1. Yes - we did it at art school too - only copied them upside down!
      You did a great job on your windows and the reflective light.

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  6. Nice work! I need to do that challenge - and Mancini is one I will study more.

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    1. Hi Teri - you will enjoy looking at his work.
      I am looking forward to your next painting...

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  7. OMG! You are so incredible! Love this and thanks for the introduction to Mancini.

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    1. Happy you checked his work and liked it, Sharon. I enjoyed your green chart. I always have problems with green and you gave me a new way to approach them.

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  8. Fine little copy Julie, and you're right...differences do not matter. The learning part is fabulous. I'm working on a painting too, and have a photo reference picked to see if I can come anywhere close. Because we all have different brushes, eyes, and hand and wrist movements, it's challenging, but really rewarding.

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    1. I like your attitude, Lauren. It is so true about the differences we all have. Happy to know you are working on a piece too. Hope you post it when it is finished.

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  9. You were definitely up to the challenge, Julie! A very special piece!!

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    1. Thank you, Chris - happy Cobie is getting better.

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  10. Why haven't I heard of him before in all the years of study lol *goes to look*

    can def see how Sargent was influenced by him

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    1. Most likely because he was Italian and Sargent ruled the period and earlier Waterhouse, Beardsley etc. Realism was on dodgy grounds when I was in Art School. They scoffed at Sargent!
      Fell in LOVE with Mancini on a trip to Malta when I stayed at aa home and they owned 3. I could see Turners influence in mood and edge work. We are all influenced by what has gone before us!

      Enjoy your week.

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    2. how can an art school scoff at Sargent?!?! crazy people :p

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  11. Mancini's paintings are beautiful. You selected quite a chaĺlenging example to copy, Julie, but of course that's rather the point of the exercise! In any case you've done a marvelous job -- difficult to believe it is only 8x6!! You may discern where you've been less than exacting, but I see only that you've replicated all the energy, warmth, and charm of the original. A wonderful homage.
    Thank you for asking, I am enjoying my current 30x24 piece, but have been slowed down for a while by a bit of "under-the-weatherness" (long story...just arrggh!) Getting back to it again now, and hopefully proceeding at my usual more peppy pace. Look forward to sharing it with you, dear chum.

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    1. Sorry you have been "slowed down" but happy to hear you are back on track. Bummer when that happens as it alters the "flow."
      This is where the intellect pops into gear. Confident it will be fabulous!
      Have a wonderful painting week and thanks for the encourtaging comment.

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  12. A very beautiful painting. Love your painting too, is very wonderful !!!

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  13. Thank you, Stelios.
    You must be familiar with his work.
    I think your new painting is truly beautiful and enjoyed the story.

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  14. Julie, your copy is stunning! I love the pose and his hands are painted so beautifully. I am not familiar with Mancini but will surely be reading up about him after this!

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  15. A wonderful way to learn, your copy is fabulous Julie!

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Julie