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Copying the Old Masters

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Today I’m sharing a little bit about learning from the Old Masters.

Having been a painter since I was a child I’ve heard many times over the years that the best way to learn about painting is to copy the paintings of the Masters from the past.

To this day I’ve only done a few copies of old master paintings, but each time I’ve learned so much. From the initial composition to the color palette and brushstrokes used. You can gain so much by trying to emulate a painter whose work you admire. This is exactly what all of those Old Masters did; they copied those who came before them. It’s how artists have learned from the beginning of time, as well as being an apprentice. How fun would it be to apprentice under Corot or Degas, or Rembrandt!

This time I recorded some of my steps in my attempt at copying Corot’s the “Springtime of Life”. Enjoy! The original can be seen at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Initial lay in and drawing

Begin modeling of dress and form

More layers and refining of details

Finished “Springtime of Life” after Corot “Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot 1796-1875″

After completing the “Springtime of Life” by Corot I was inspired to return to a painting I competed several years ago. I wanted to apply some of what I learned from Corot right away.  I added more layers, color, and depth to the landscape.








Mn River Arts Fair

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

I was honored to be a part of the first ever Minnesota River Arts Fair held in Shakopee at the Landing on July 21st and 22nd. It was really fun to reconnect with my artist friends that I used to paint with at the Minnesota River School. I did a demo on mix media pastel painting on the first day and on the second day, a drawing demo starting one of my projects from an image that I created while in Ireland.  I will post on this one upon its completion.

Remember to put this event on your calendar next year, and come out to support local Minnesota artists.  Two of the other demos at the art fair were some of my favorite artists, pastel painter Fred Somers, and plein air painter Mike Rada.  I also connected with an amazing jewelry maker, I wanted to buy everything in her booth! The name of her business is La Belle Fleur.