I wish I could have had a little bit longer to make some areas of this painting stronger but, I am just thankful to have had such an interesting model. This is the last painting done in William "Bill" Schneider's workshop. What a wonderful workshop it was!!!
Ok, it's not really Tevya but that's what I thought when Michael walked in the door! I could hardly wait to get started painting him. This was done in an effort to apply the techniques we learned doing the Fechin studies. I am very pleased with it.
Please excuse the charcoal scribble in the upper left side. I wanted to be sure to remember the model's name and just decided to leave it.
I must confess that I don't know the title Fechin gave this painting or the gender of the model. It seems most think it is a girl but, it looks like a boy to me. Something about it makes me feel he/she was a young composer. Impressions and personal interpretations! That's all that really matters in the end.
I am unsure of the title Fechin gave this painting. It is another study and I have given it a title that helps me identify it.
I loved all of the Fechin studies but, when this one began to remind me of my middle granddaughter, I decided to leave it as it was and end the study. I should have her pose in a similar way while she is still about this girl's age.
In the fall I was privileged to be able to take a workshop with William "Bill" Schneider. I had met him several years ago and was so impressed by his passion for art and generous spirit that I determined I had to take a workshop with him one day. When he offered one on Techniques of the Old Masters and, specifically Nicolai Fechin, I knew this was the one!
This painting is of his wife, Alexandra, and was the first of three that we studied. All of these studies were allowed about three hours and I am very pleased with each one.