Monday, October 26, 2015

Sylvette, Six Decades Later - Part 1

It's a funny thing finding myself basically copying the works of masters. I love doing it because I'm learning so, so, so much. And it's definitely improving my own skills. But I found myself worrying about it just a bit. Until I was shown this quote, that is.

From an excerpt from "Copying Masterpieces" by Jose M. Parramon.

"And in just about every gallery and museum one comes across artists, both amateur and professional, who copy masterpieces in order to become better artists themselves. There is nothing new or strange about this. Raphael studied by copying the works of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Rubens was fascinated by Caravaggio's dramatic use of light and shade, and copied his "Burial of Christ". Degas was a frequent visitor at the Louvre. He copied the work of Velazquez, whom he greatly admired, and of Rembrandt, Giotto, Titian, Bellini, and especially Poussin. Manet had heard so much about Velazquez and Goya that he traveled to Spain, to Madrid's Prado Museum, for the sole purpose of acquainting himself with the way those artists handled figures and heads."

Well, my skill level certainly doesn't match any of them, but I do feel that I'm in good company. Right now I'm continuing to study Picasso. This is my version of something he painted in 1954.

I sketched the picture on canvas with a pencil.

I started by adding some basic colors.
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1 comment:

  1. You are in good company! Can you imagine standing behind one of these masters and watching them copy another master? They set a fine example for all of us. Love your start, Kali. I think Picasso would approve!