View Full Version : Boudin, Monet and Van Gogh in Three Days

12-15-2015, 02:14 PM
I haven't posted for a couple of weeks (life intrudes again) but over the last weekend I was able to attend a 3-day seminar with Ada Koch at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum titled, "Unlocking the Masters." Lots of fun and challenge to try to copy in the style of the three masters she chose. She provided photos of paintings and we selected from them.

All were 12"x16", Holbein WSO's on panels.

The first day I picked a beach scene by Boudin. I did change the way the gowned lady on the right was looking. In the original she is looking into the scene, I have her looking to the right.

Saturday was reserved for Monet. I chose his "Impression: Sunrise."

The last day I tackled Van Gogh, specifically copying one of his many versions of "Starry Night."

Each painting was completed in the one class day, so we worked fast trying to copy as closely as possible.

It was great fun, exasperating at times, difficult at others. So, what do you all think of the effort?

Dana Design
12-19-2015, 05:04 PM
There was a reason Boudin painted the gowned lady looking into the scene. As you can see, that blackness of her hair commands attention (squint at it) and leads the eye right off the canvas. Sometimes, the Masters are the masters.

Keep painting! Copying the Masters is the best practice!

12-20-2015, 09:09 AM
Thanks Dana,

I think that when we return from our holiday travels, I'll paint in her face so that she is looking into the scene. The painting should be dry enough to play with.

There also seems to be a bluish haze around her, I'll check the painting and correct that also.