Thinking about Sargent – reds and basket work. 

  

There were some great paintings with red as a key colour in the Singer Sargent exhibition. I was also very taken with the basket work chair, that Robert Lewis Stephenson was painted sitting in. Sargent had really worked to capture the shine and colour with many layers of paint. I need a more yellow element in mine, I think to make it more like the one I was looking at.

Singer Sargent at the National Portrait Gallery in London. 

  

Yesterday I was very lucky to see the Sargent exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery. This sketch was much smaller than I had imagined it – only having seen it reproduced in a book. It contained a great deal of sand which must have been incorporated, as it was made on the beach. 

I had a great time looking at Sargent’s use of paint, and thoroughly recommend the exhibition if you get the chance.