After François Gérard, Madame Récamier


This really is a beautiful piece.

Wonderful textures, flowing curves and superb use of the medium used Frank. A lot to admire here.

Well done, Frank. Some great colour...I tried oil pastels once and couldn't get on with them. Fine work.

Like you, Frank, I like copying from the masters from time to time. You do learn a lot. Like the colours here - were you pleased with it?

Frank this is is absolutely brilliant, you have done a great job of this. Must gat my oil pastel out and have a play.

You’ve created a marvellous effect with the oil pastels Frank. I especially like how you have blended in places but have left the texture of the paper to show through in others. Excellent result.

Thanks Denise Thanks Carole, the flowing curves are down to Gérard. I am learning so much about oil pastels though. Thanks Lewis, keep trying the oil pastels, eventually it will just click. Thanks Marjorie, yes very pleased. Thanks Paul, go for it! Thanks Fiona, blending is essential with oil pastels to get just the colour needed, especially when there are limited colours in the box!

Beautifully painted Frank. You have done a great job of painting this.

Posted by Nerys B on Sun 18 Oct 21:33:34

Superb result Frank, this isn’t easy with oil pastel so well done!

Thanks Nerys and Alan for commenting.

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I've been looking at some of the wonderful work by François Gérard, born in Italy in 1770. His portrait of Madame Récamier in 1805 was commissioned by the sitter after she disliked the original work by Gérard's tutor. Here I’ve used oil pastels where the original artist used oils. Mostly Neocolor 1 and Neopastel on Clairefontaine Gris paper A3.

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Frank Bingley

I've had very little tuition over the years except for a two year course during the late 1990s in watercolour. Since retirement in 2012, I now have time to pursue my love of painting. In recent years I have ventured into linoprinting, acrylics , oils and gouache. Gouache is fast becoming my…

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