Went to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston with some friends today! Specifically to visit the Sargent exhibit there. His paintings are jaw-dropping. No photo of the paintings does it justice. At the gift shop, we marveled at how bad the prints looked after seeing the original. Cameras have such bad color accuracy in the blue range.
Anyway, I was able to do a quick watercolor sketch before a docent came and told me that only crayons are allowed for coloring. I couldn't match the sky color well, its not as dark as I depicted...
I really admire John Singer Sargent's paintings. I hope to see the original paintings again someday.
My husband surprised me with a book of his Sargent's Venetian paintings when we got home! (He sneaked off while I was painting). He bought me that book because it was mostly watercolors, which is what I'm consumed with trying to master now. Sargent really cuts loose with watercolors, because he considered them to be studies. I think it's in the watercolors that you can really see the way he thinks.