I had a such a great learning experience copying Sargent's Oyster Gatherers http://forum.drawmixpaint.com/discussion/10240/sargent-master-study-finished-oyster-gatherers-of-cancale/p1
that I decided to go down another Sargent journey and take on another one of his masterworks. El Jaleo. I love everything about this painting. The composition, colors, energy, and brush work.
It's only a fraction of the original size 30" x 40". I added a little more to the top and bottom to make up for the scaling difference. This is the largest canvas size I've worked on so far. I went ahead and gessoed my canvas twice. The second time using a brown acrylic for tone. I layed out a grid of 3" squares for a drawing guide, penciled it in, and sprayed a fixative over it. I think my first plan of attack would be to lay in the blacks, wall and ground. Wish me luck. I'm gonna need it.