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.