The second part of the assignment was a lot trickier.
I decided to imitate Manet's style and composition, but replace the bartender (and bar) with a modern vignette that all UVa students know and love: the bar at the Virginian. I got a tired redheaded bartender to give me a similar pose to the one Suzon made famous in 1882.
I must confess that I was the queen of all-nighters in the college art studio. I spent days, even weeks, sitting in front of a blank canvas, looking at inspiration images, doodling in my sketchbook, but NOT doing assignments. Maybe someday I'll post the paintings of my now-husband, passed out in the art studio, while I pulled an all-nighter painting him...
Anyway, I took the photos for the Virginian painting right before Christmas (AKA during finals) and photographed using FLASH - duh, that was a huge no-no. It looks terrible when you try to paint a person with flash lighting on them. It's so fake.
Case in point: