Reinterpreting Cardinal de Retz

Yesterday I painted a watercolor interpretation of Jacob Ferdinand Voet’s Cardinal de Retz from memory and my pencil sketch. In my image he is a younger man, but still dour.

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About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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4 Responses to Reinterpreting Cardinal de Retz

  1. Marty Popagain says:

    I hope your song writing is better than this painting… You could always sing and had a beautiful voice. How you got into painting is beyond me… LOL Enjoy your blogs though. Have a safe and healthy trip..
    Look forward to the next edition.

    • Paul says:

      Quick daily sketches are not meant to be finished paintings. The idea is to practice putting lines and color down each day so that when you get in the studio you have a good repertoire. To relate it to music, it’s like singing Mother Bear every day to practice making harmony and singing as a group. Not a great song, but good practice.

  2. Jean-Paul DUmont says:

    Hi, Paul. I can see it is not catholic! Your cardinal looks transgendered. Something fishy there! I like it though.
    Hope all is well with you both in sweet Albion.

    • Paul says:

      The early painting also is not so masculine. That said, I seem to have a tendency to reverse gender characteristics on my quick sketches. I thought that his sour expression might come from some sort of repentance. Not being Catholic I don’t know about these things.

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