Archive for August, 2009

In a Garden, Corfu – Master Copy [Edit]


Had to edit a few things, mostly with the hands (there are 3)

All done with the Sargent Brush in Painter

In a Garden, Corfu - Master Copy Edit

After 90 or so hours…Sargent Study


I remember giving up a while back hoping the next upgrade of Corel Painter would fix the problem I had and it didn’t. I finally finished the image (maybe need to do a few touchups for blending).

I’m posting the high resolution one here.

This is the original:

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent

Here is my study, in High Res.

In a Garden: Corfu - Master Copy

In a Garden: Corfu - Master Copy

This definitely was about 90 hours or more of work. This was due to the fact Corel Painter has a nasty bug I’ve seen in at least 3 versions.  I often had to go back and rework areas because Painter will quit on you. I did save as frequently as possible though when it will crash was never a certainty.

I really learned a lot with this picture. The goal was to learn about the Sargent Brush in Painter as well as how he did his colors. I spot checked with a picker to see how close or far I was, but I never directly color picked from the source. In some cases, due to the reproduction, I think it would have been worse.  I’m so worn out and will tweak parts of this later. I know I’m definitely spotting the local color now. He definitely had a good eye and knew how to handle color temperatures.

Sargent is definitely a master. If you’re interested in seeing more of his works visit

Anders Zorn is another favorite I may try painting sometime.

I definitely need to give thanks to Jason Manley for his color theory workshop and his help in pushing me in the right direction for this picture. I hope I did it justice!