20 March 2006

Not My Own

Encouraged by the result of copying a painting by Elizabeth Kincaid, I attempted another one. This one, of a tiny glowing bud was smaller and more elaborate. Her method is painstaking and sometimes tedious, but I learned much from this great artist. I needed to do my own work, however. So I could not camp in the shadow of greatness any longer.

The First Floral

While surfing around online, I came across a book that I knew that I must have. "Paint Watercolors that Dance With Light" by Elizabeth Kincaid soon became the most important book in my how-to-paint library. The realism and glowing colors and dramatic lighting caught my breath, and this had to be how I would paint.
It has long been known by artists that:

The great masters became great masters by copying great masters.

Therefore, to learn for myself, I would need to copy some of this artist's paintings. I would dissect her work and learn from the unspoken details. I would learn by doing. This peach rose is from a painting by Elizabeth Kincaid.