During a recent visit to the National Gallery of Art, I paused a while in front of a George Bellows portrait to make this small drawing.  Bellows’ paintings are extraordinary in their color.  A large selection of drawings are included in the exhibit as well and show Bellows using tonality in very dramatic ways.  So in making my small drawing, I sought to emphasize the contrast between lights and darks — not only in imitation of the painting I was looking at, but in terms similar to Bellows’ own drawings.

This was just a quick drawing.  I want to go back and spend more time in the exhibit over a succession of days.  I plan to take a notebook along with me.

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