Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Learning from the Masters


To copy the Masters is always a valuable exercise. I like to make changes in order to make my mark and to make the work more interesting, for instance I remember painting that all time great 'The Hay Wain' in the snow! 
Here I have worked on Turners 'Isleworth' on the Thames but wanted to add a modern picnic. The gouache sketch above is to test the layout, how in abstract values will the changes look. and then with this done I can proceed with my revised Turner.
To replicate his colours and tonal patterns is demanding and to stitch my picnic extension in, calls for an understanding of the original gained by just this sort of exercise.
Below is my study piece and I am a little wiser!