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Where can I find source material of Impressionists and post-Impressionists for copying? I'd like something bigger than a postcard but not too expensive.
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Choose one of the painters you like, type his/her name into your search box and enter. Then, select "image" and you see a large selection of work. Pick off and save the ones you like. Doll them up in Photoshop, or another photo editing program and paint away. You'll never get a perfect copy (such as the one hanging in a museum somewhere) but you should be able to find something you like and can copy.
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I don't copy from the masters, but I have art history books with terrific color photos of master works. These days you can get a good SCANNER for cheap. Scan the pages to your computer and work from your monitor. A good monitor shows way more colors than a photo.
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Most European Museums allow copying of works they own, they usually set one day a week when students can come in and work. You are not allowed to make a copy the same size as the original and your canvas will be ink stamped by the museum to say it is a copy and dated.
Some museums even supply easels .
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I don't copy from the masters, but I have art history books with terrific color photos of master works. These days you can get a good SCANNER for cheap. Scan the pages to your computer and work from your monitor. A good monitor shows way more colors than a photo.
Good luck.
This requires setting up a monitor and a device in my studio. I already have a scanner. I've decided to take your advice, and have located a very inexpensive, used 20" vga monitor. I already have an adapter that goes from my iPhone to vga, so I can display my phone's screen on the monitor. I can scan a book page, email it to myself, and open the attachment on my phone, et voila! The monitor ($30) should arrive tomorrow. I'll give it a try. Thanks.
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Most European Museums allow copying of works they own, they usually set one day a week when students can come in and work. You are not allowed to make a copy the same size as the original and your canvas will be ink stamped by the museum to say it is a copy and dated.
Some museums even supply easels .
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A trip to Europe sounds fun, but is not going to happen anytime soon I am afraid. I could try this with a local museum though. Might be worth a try.
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