Master copy painting. After Chardin. Hare with Powder Flask and Game Bag. By Raleigh NC Fine Artist.

After Chardin. Hare with Powder Flask and Game Bag. Watercolor and Gouache on paper. 17x14. Artist - Tesh Parekh
After Chardin. Hare with Powder Flask and Game Bag. Watercolor and Gouache on paper. 17x14.
After Chardin. Hare with Powder Flask and Game Bag. Watercolor and Gouache on paper. 17×14.

I admire the works of Chardin. I hope to learn much from Chardin’s still life paintings. I occasionally copy works of old masters as part of my learning and growth as an artist. This is an old tradition which I hope to continue. Besides, I am unlikely to hunt and use my trophies as still life subjects!

Chardin’s original painting is oil on canvas and is part of Louvre collection. I decided to make a copy using watercolor and gouache. That is my way of paying tribute to watercolorists I admire. I used 300 lb CP paper. Smooth surface is normally recommended for gouache paintings. But, I like the rough surface of thick CP watercolor paper. This was not an easy painting. First, there was the difference between two mediums. And gouache can be a difficult medium to use. But, I worked patiently for many days. I am happy with the completed painting. My aim was not to make an exact copy. More master copies and still lifes will be on the easel this year (although I did not use easel when working on this painting!).

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist and Live Wedding Painter

www.TeshParekhArt.com