With the posting of my last article, the number of followers to the Underpaintings blog has grown to over 200 members! Thanks once again to all of you for supporting me in this pet project of mine, and for all of the kind words you have passed on to me. The blog has been quite time-consuming, but I have enjoyed every minute of it, and I am glad to know that so many of you out there are enjoying it, too.
To celebrate this milestone, I have decided to run another contest. The first person to name the subject and the artist of the painting featured in the detail above will receive a brand new 40 ml tube of cerulean blue oil paint from Vasari Classic Artists' Oil Colors.
If you've never tried Vasari, it is a wonderful paint, and their cerulean is unlike any other I've seen from the major commercial makers of oil colors. Vasari's cerulean is deeper and greener than most, but grays quite nicely when lightened with white, and the pigment content is very rich and opaque. It is a color Fechin gladly would have eaten!
My apologies in advance to the winner of this contest; this tube of Vasari paint may act like a gateway drug, and you'll end up buying more (it is NOT inexpensive, but I guess quality never is). I still blame David Kassan for introducing me to Vasari, and after my wife saw my credit card bill, she does too. Every time I'm in New York City, I stop by Vasari's retail shop to buy another tube of color, all the same.
When I ran the previous contest on this blog to celebrate the century mark, I was worried that the image I posted might be too obscure, but to my surprise, the painting from that competition was correctly identified by the next morning. Should no one deduce the above painting by next Monday, August 24th, however, I am prepared re-post the contest with some clues added.
Best of luck!