I recently copied two paintings by Lisa Clough of Lachri Fine Art. They are below.
These were both done while watching live streams where Lisa invited viewers to paint with her. While I am not advocating copying other artists' work to sell, the only way to really learn to paint is to, well, paint and that can include copying the work of other artists. I could have watched someone paint sea foam and read about it a thousand times, but until I painted it myself, I didn't understand how it was done.
While I usually can't sell art that I make from other artists, I can learn techniques and principles that I can apply to my own pieces.
Copying other artists is a huge part of being a beginner painter, I copied Matisse when I was eleven or twelve, for example, but as I've pointed out, it can be valuable for experienced artists too, if you're trying to learn a new medium, or just learn to paint something you haven't painted before.
In painting the whale tail and sunset painting, I found that I liked the contrast of the muted, almost muddy colors against the brighter colors of the background and I'm thinking about trying to incorporate that into my own work. So, on top of increasing what I'm able to do, copying other artists can show me more of what I might want to do.
That's all for now. I'll talk to you again next week.
Painter of portraits and wildlife