Monotype with Watercolor: Persimmon & Vintage Whiskey Bottles (& a lecture on John Singer Sargent)

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Persimmon & Vintage Whiskey Bottles 4×6 monotype with watercolor (sold)

Here’s a video you can watch, or just listen to while you’re working on something else…

Richard Ormond is the former Director of London’s National Maritime Museum and the former Deputy Director of London’s National Portrait Gallery. He is also one of the world’s leading authorities on John Singer Sargent, who was his great Uncle, and he’s published at least 9 volumes on his work. He spoke at The Art League in Virginia on November 5, 2015, and lucky for us, they posted the hour & twenty minute lecture on youtube, so you can listen & watch it too. Artist extraordinaire Robert Liberace introduces him:

 If there are other good video lectures on art that you know about, please share the links in the comments so we can check them out. I love this sort of inspiration, and it’s easy to work on something else with your hands while tuning in to listen. Have a great week!

Art Quote:

Naples is simply superb and I spent a delightful week there. Of course it was very hot, and one generally feels used up. It is in fact that in Naples they eke out their wine with spirits and drugs, so that a glass of wine and water at a meal will make a man feel drunk. I had to take bad beer in order not to feel good-for-nothing. I could not sleep at night. In the afternoon I would smoke a cigarette in an armchair or on my bed and at five o’clock wake up suddenly from a deep sleep of several hours. Then lie awake all night and quarrel with the mosquitoes, fleas and all the imaginable beasts. I am frightfully bitten from head to foot. Otherwise Italy is all that one can dream for beauty and charm.

~John Singer Sargent, writing to a friend while on a painting trip.

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6 Responses to Monotype with Watercolor: Persimmon & Vintage Whiskey Bottles (& a lecture on John Singer Sargent)

  1. Barbara Muir 11/17/2015 at 8:46 pm #

    Love the painting. I was working a show when I was in Italy in October, and my husband and I barely drink.
    One half glass of wine per meal is a lot for us. But at every restaurant we were offered champagne before the meal, and a surprise liqueur at the meal’s end. I did find myself longing to nap in the afternoon, and wide away at night.
    Love the Sargent lecture, and the show on Sargent at the Met in September.

    XOXOXOXOXO Barbara

    • Belinda DelPesco 11/18/2015 at 2:26 pm #

      Hi Barbara! I love the idea of a surprise liqueur after each meal! That’s so Italian! (My Italian grandfather’s liquor cabinet and glass decanters were a thing of sparkly mystery to me as a kid.) And bravo to you for seeing the Sargent exhibit at the Met! I wish I had gone, but I sure enjoyed all the photos fellow artists posted on social media as a salve to my disappointment. Thanks for visiting! xoxoxoxo

  2. pelchaktsel 11/17/2015 at 4:22 am #

    Apologies – it is the series on The Great Wave.

  3. pelchaktsel 11/17/2015 at 4:20 am #

    I must say that I really enjoy David Bull’s videos on his woodblock carving/printing and in addition to them being informative at the end of each of the episodes on the making of The Wave, he takes us for a walk around his neighbourhood in Japan.

    • Belinda DelPesco 11/17/2015 at 7:31 am #

      Hi pelchaktsel, Thanks for the link, and the reminder about David’s series. I subscribe to his channel, but hadn’t yet configured my subscription to notify me of new episodes, so I had no idea he’d posted so many. I just re-watched his episode on tracing digitally, and it was amazing, as all his videos are. I’m grateful that he’s documenting his process for all of posterity. Thanks for writing!


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