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