Monday, February 15, 2010
Daily Painting Practice - Copying from a Master (living or dead)
All artists must have an abundance of art magazines. It's one of the rules. ( I have piles and piles of them in the studio,the living room...on my bed stand...the kitchen table) However, the instruction manual for becoming an artist doesn't say what you are supposed to do with all those magazines once you have looked through them over and over and over and over again. Here's a suggestion that is both fun and rewarding.
There are so many ways to learn from this exercise. Look for a painting that stands out to you and try to find the reason it does. Then have fun painting that reason. Make the painting your own and not just a twin of the original. However, always give credit to the original artist in your title of the painting. Always say it is your copy from the original artist's work. Artists have been copying each other since artists first started drawing. So don't be shy, have a copy party with a few friends. At least you'll have a reason to tell your librarian/wife why you need all those magazines.
One of my favorite contemporary artists is Clyde Aspevig. Lucky for me there was one of his paintings in the magazine.