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07-11-2007, 07:29 PM
Original by Edgar Degas. I painted this for my 14yo daughter who like Degas' ballerina paintings. She actually helped with the preliminary sketch.

I painted this in about 2.5 hours, with warm primary colors and white. On 8x10 inch acrylic paper.

Do me a big favor and don't compare it too closely to the original. :eek: :lol:

(Questions: Is it o.k. to sign a copy? Is my sig. distracting in this? Is it o.k. to use initials when signing a painting?)


07-11-2007, 07:43 PM
It works for me, I like the simplicity and the palette. I see no problem with using initials for a signature and I think it is usually noted on the back who the original artist was, just for clarity purposes.

07-11-2007, 07:52 PM
I love it. I find your palette exciting and I like the way you worked the composition, textures.

07-11-2007, 08:41 PM
I think you have to give the artist credit...

Carol Creel has a special way of making her students give her credit - I just don't remember exactly how it goes....

Here's her website - you probably could email her.


Like it!


07-11-2007, 08:46 PM
Linda, me again, :). Usually when the work is the copy of another, it has "After so and so" in the title. And yes, you can sign your work as long as you have clearly stated that it is after an Old Master or another artist whose permission you have received to paint it. At least, this is my understanding.

07-11-2007, 08:55 PM
Nice work and a very pretty picture. I think we all know this is after Degas, and it's not a pastel, it's a study. Degas is not going to sue you, and you aren't going to sell it anyway, are you? Good for you.

07-11-2007, 09:00 PM
It depends whether there is an estate - some artists have estates that collect and generate money


07-11-2007, 09:16 PM
Usually when the work is the copy of another, it has "After so and so" in the title. That was what I was going to say..:) AS long as you write After....... then sign your name it is perfectly ok..

I love your interpretation..:)

07-11-2007, 09:29 PM
You have just won me over. I love Degas. I have a huge ballerina print that my daughter & daugher-in-law almost have a fight over who is going to inherit it. This is really a lovely study. :clap: :clap: :clap:

07-11-2007, 09:38 PM
Thanks all for the comments and information. Very helpful.

I can't wait to frame it and give it to my dear daughter. :)

07-11-2007, 10:47 PM
i love degas so much - its hard to compare to the original just when i was watching a program on his sculpture of the 14 year dancer - but putting that aside you really captured the moods of the ballet dancers - i love impressionism - i love ballet and love the colors and your painting!

07-12-2007, 02:11 AM
Stellar painting Linda! Oh i love it...your daughter must be proud...and Degas too! :)

07-12-2007, 05:46 AM
Thank you, Mz Sketch Pad. I'm going to have to pull out a Degas video that I have and rewatch it. Art videos are one way that I kept my love of art alive during a season when I didn't paint.

Lisa, thanks. I'm glad you like. I don't know about Degas, but I'll be happy if my dd's pleased. :heart:

07-12-2007, 08:27 AM
Beautiful Linda. Love the composition.

07-12-2007, 08:34 AM
I like the colors, and I think you did a great job. Jan

07-12-2007, 08:35 AM

I bet your daughter loves it... :)

07-12-2007, 10:16 AM
Thanks Celeste, Jan, and Aard. The composition, of course, isn't mine. It's unwittingly modified a bit, though. ;)

07-12-2007, 10:30 AM
Hi Linda, I think your daughter will cherish this and I have great admiration for your work. It's superb.

07-12-2007, 07:01 PM
You did a wonderful job. About signing it, I would. Even the masters copied the masters.

07-12-2007, 10:21 PM
Thanks, Stephen and Cami. It's all framed. :)

07-12-2007, 10:40 PM
This is really great!!

07-12-2007, 10:41 PM
Thank you, Tracey. :)

07-12-2007, 11:38 PM
Thanks Celeste, Jan, and Aard. The composition, of course, isn't mine. It's unwittingly modified a bit, though. ;)

Aw, but you picked a wonderful composition nonetheless and your take is delightful!