Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Making of a Masterpiece: Teddy's Fourth of July
Phase 4

“In all of the thousands of paintings I’ve done, only two have featured Theodore Roosevelt – until now. Teddy’s Fourth of July is my third, and the only one set in Oyster Bay. So this has been a rare and remarkable treat for me.”
— Mort Künstler


Künstler changed the location of the car again before completing his final sketch. He drew his final sketch on a piece of brown paper so he could highlight lighting effects with chalk. The grid drawn on this sketch helps the artist draw the final composition on the canvas.

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