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View Poll Results: Do you like coping old masters?
No, I never made a single copy 29 37.18%
No, I did some copies but I don't like it 3 3.85%
I like it, and I made less than 10 35 44.87%
I like it, I did less than 100 11 14.10%
I like it, I did more than 100 0 0%
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Old 01-20-2019, 01:01 AM
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Re: Do you like copying old masters?

Yes, this is my pastel on the rough side of Canson paper, one of the sibyl frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.



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Re: Do you like copying old masters?

I do. Here are the two I did a long time ago
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Re: Do you like copying old masters?

Style or substance, yes. Painting as a whole, no.

I have never liked copying, even redoing my own work. There is no important judgement made here. Just a personal preference.

I certainly have pored over old and new masters, the work of many others, to learn. Not only do I consider that helpful, I consider it one of the essentials of learning an art.

That was the way of learning of many schools in the West and the Eastern cultures. Lord knows how many of your or my favorites did so, not just to learn initially, but throughout their careers. I love Van Gogh, for one, and his re-interpretations of Millet are brilliant and are an homage to the latter as well.

But you are unlikely to find me doing it.
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Re: Do you like copying old masters?

I belong to a group that meets monthly for sharing and critiques. It's a fun group and I learn so much from others. In the beginning, we would choose an old master for the month, and everyone would make a copy of something from that artist's work to share with the group. I don't know that my painting skills improved a lot, but we learned a lot about each artist-of-the-month and that was interesting. I had an old set of pastels I had never used back in 2017 when we were doing these copies. When we did Degas, I decided to try and use the pastels to copy one of his ballerina paintings. This was my very first time using pastels, and the painting is done on regular sandpaper that I purchased a hardware store, so not archival. About six months ago, I attended a pastel workshop and I have become addicted. I "hope" I might do a bit better job today than when I did this one in 2017, but I have saved it simply because it was the first thing I had done in pastel.
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Mike, mark that date as the day you became addicted to dust and we are happy you did! I think many of us begin our journey copying the Masters.
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Re: Do you like copying old masters?

Thanks, Karen! I did copy this Degas in 2017 using pastel pencils and some cheap pastels I had never used. I truly became "addicted" in May of 2019 when I attended that two-day pastel workshop. And the more my addiction grows, the more my number of pastels grows. As I read others' posts, I find that this seems to be a common problem... LOL. We seem to be always in search of that ONE more elusive color. In any case, I am LOVING the pastels and this journey into a new medium. I have not touched my oil paints in months! I do need to find a balance, but the pastels are just so much easier.... I just pick up a stick of color and paint!! 😁
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