Debra's medium is pencil and oil painting. Her pencil drawings are beautifully detailed in a realistic style. Debra focus on landscapes and still life because of the vast choices of light, color, and texture. Her paintings are realism with an impressionist style. Painting with oils is her way of challenging herself to a higher degree of art skills.
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.