“Making art is easy: all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.” Gene Fowler
“The lawyer and the doctor practice their callings. The plumber and the carpenter know what they will be called upon to do. They do not have to spin the work out of themselves, discover its laws, and then present themselves turned inside out to the public gaze.” Anne Truitt
“To see far is one thing: going there is another.” Constantin Brancusi
Above is my copy of the Edgar Degas work titled “Combing the Hair” (La Coiffure), 1896 (top). I really liked working with these different tones of orange and the contrast of the purple in the dress of the servant girl on the right really tied everything together.
The next one copied was a painting by Amrita Sher Gil titled, “Bride’s Toilet” (top). I love the abstracted figures, the composition and the colours used in this work. It has a mystical other worldly look that I found impossible to capture.
I had some difficulty with this work and in the end, went my own way and did not look at the original at all. My copy does not have the mood of what seems to be a candle lit room as seen in the original. Copying this work helped me to accept various aspects of my figures that were out of proportion.
The third one copied was “Wild Flowers”, 1916 by Pierre Bonnard
The unusual shape of the vase, the use of blue and brown together and the red reflected in the background and flowers combine to make this a great painting. The subject is simple yet it speaks of majesty and wonder.
My copy is on the right. I used potato cuts for the flowers to get some random shapes and went over them in detail later. For the stems I used string dipped in acrylic paint and pressed into the paper.
Copying great masters can be fun. You can learn a lot by by imagining what the artist may have been seeing and feeling all those years ago. These three copies were painted in acrylic on paper.