Master copying is a great learning tool if you're paying attention. I have used this tool often in the past. I've copied Sargent, Schmid, Rembrandt and Zorn for painting and Bouguereau, Repin and various inking masters for drawing. Whoa, didn't realize I'd done so many. Time well spent.
Today I'm posting master copies of some plein air sketches by contemporary painters. Of course, the artists have done all the work here, interpreting nature with their own unique visions. Copying allowed me to better understand their approaches. It's like taking a quick class from each artist.
All copies are 6x6" or 6x8", painted on Claussens #16 linen taped to foam core. Each took about 2-3 hours to complete. I wasn't going for an exact copy. I was trying to reproduce the effects of light and depth that each painting achieved. I learned a huge amount.
|After Brian Blood|
|After Barbara Jaenicke, original in pastel.|
|After Ray Roberts|
|After Richard Oversmith|