Monday, February 8, 2016
Torn Hat Commission
This past summer, I received a commission to reproduce a Thomas Sully painting which hangs in the Boston Museum of Fine Art called the Torn Hat. Here is a link to the painting. http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/the-torn-hat-31554
This painting happens to be a favorite of a friend of mine and he commissioned a copy to be made for his wife. Here is the original and my copy. It was fun to do. I did some research on Sully's palette and enjoyed deconstructing his process. It was difficult because the painting is behind a glass enclosure in the museum making it difficult to get close to it. I ended up blowing up a post card to use for my reference. It isn't an exact clone, to be sure, but I came to that familiar place where if I continued too much further I would risk botching the whole thing up and killing it. So I ended where the likeness was close enough and I was happy with the paint application.