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Copying Master Artists had been on my to-do list for a long time. I kept putting it off , still painting and drawing, and hoping to find time to do this.


Workshops are expensive and I still squeeze in at least one (two if I can) a year. Little over a year ago a workshop I had planned to attend  was canceled,  I had just quit the co-op gallery I was in (that's another story) , and I felt that I was not growing with my skills as a good artist.  I live in an area that does not offer quality art instructions. So I decided to do copies of old masters, and paint paintings for myself. 


I did research through books, blogs, where to find best prints, and looked for lists of color pallets that old master used. I have done tons of color charts, and have had a lot of art history in college.  My drawing skills are good, and I decided to use the grid method. 


I thought that this project would last about a year... it's been a 2 year journey so far ,and may turn into a 3 year project to get what I want  accomplished.


Below are some photos of my work.  Master copies on the right side of copy and prints on left of photos. Photos on right side are a larger scene of my master copies.


My second master copy was of the American Landscape painter George Inness's (1825-1894)  called "Autumn Oaks"  .





Fourth master copy of Sir George Clausen's " The Girl by the Gate" 1889.




My third master copy of the Spanish artist, Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) called  "The Three Sails".




My first master copy of a American Impressionist from Indiana, John Ottis Adams ( 1851-1927) painting call "Wash Day".



My most recent master copy is by the Swedish artist Anderson Zorn's "Woman Dressing" 1893.


I know it's not the same as being in a museum and copying from the real painting, but it is the next best thing when there is no option. I feel like I have learned a lot.  Best of all, I have these beautiful paintings hanging on my living room wall. 



Thank you for reading my blog,


Debra Snyder Heard










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