15 December 2015

More Landscape Master Copies

More master copies of works by California painters, Brian Blood and Ray Roberts, and North Carolina artist, Richard Oversmith.  Hope they don't mind.  Such a great way to learn.   Pick an artist you admire, decide on the focus of the lesson, start copying.  I'm not aiming for an exact copy...just trying to get a sense of the artist's problem-solving strategies.

I picked the Blood and Roberts paintings to study how they create visual depth. Lack of aerial perspective ruins many a landscape/seascape painting.  Just google "plein air painting" images and you'll see what I mean.  (Here's what my friend Stan Prokopenko says about the subject.)  I also like how both these artists use simple graphic shapes.

A vineyard scene after Brian Blood, 8x10, oil on linen
Seascape after Ray Roberts, 8x10, oil on linen

Lily pond after Richard Oversmith, 8x8", oil on linen
For the painting after Richard Oversmith, I focused on brushwork.  His strokes are confident. Nice color work, too.  And I discovered I like nylon brushes.  I normally use bristle and mongoose.  I tried some nylon brushes in this copy and I like the way they held the paint. More knowledge gained...cha-ching.