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Created: January 7, 2006
Latest Update: January 7, 2006
Visits to museums, lingering moments through magazines or art books, a funny or startling sight on the street are often inspiration to capture the way some visual experience makes you feel. If you plan to sell your art work, it isn't kosher to take someone else's idea in it's entirety. Plagiarism, remember? But if it's for your own enjoyment, copying is an excellent way to learn how to express some of your feelings.
I rarely have the patience to copy, though I once tried to follow a class in copying great works of art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, several classes actually, semester after semester with Richard Wright. But I just couldn't seem to stop myself from wandering off to give my own vision to whatever I started with.That's more often called a "study" of someone else's work. I had to go with "studies" because I didn't have enough art training to know the technical means of producing the same effects. Now, years later, I'm delighted to have had that experience with Richard, and to have found my own techniques.
Here, I've reproduced a page of quick drawings I hung behind to do in the Russian exhibit at the gugenheim in December 2006.
Compare the Traces of War to the drawing I did once home; compare winter to winter wonderland, and suggest other interpretations that might reflect feelings, using the museum work as a stimulus. winter in the Russian exhibit made me think of guelphs.