"The Cicada" by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot is one of my favorite paintings at the Norton Simon Museum. Whenever I go there, I consider myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to see it. It occured to me that it has been a while since I've painted a master study. This is a rough sketch of Corot's original painting that I photographed whilst visiting the museum. I've decided in my version, more of her hair will be down. Seeing them side by side, I realize that I definitely need to focus on her hands and redraw them, in this sketch they are tiny! While I know that I will never capture the beauty of this master painting myself, I feel that painting a master study allows me to see into the original more deeply and learn from the experience.
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