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Friday, December 4, 2015

The Vanzant Brush Tip #2 - Copycat - The Best Form of Flattery?

I just completed a study of Daniel Gerhartz painting titled "Green Velvet". I fell in love with this painting from the moment I saw it, (which was just an image on Google when I was looking for something else). When I first saw it I thought is was from an older master painter, but after some research, found that it was done by one of my favorite contemporary painters, Daniel Gerhartz. When I finished it, I realized that what was drawing me to it was not only the composition but also the muted tones which makes it look mysterious.  

So, If you are in between paintings or you just want to challenge yourself to learn something new, try honing your skills by copying a painting by a master painter. You will be following in the footsteps of previous academically trained students who had to copy master paintings as a major part of their academic education. As a matter of fact, it was not only accepted but was demanded as an important learning tool of the students learning process.

Just a heads up, Mr, Gerhartz has many instructional books and DVD's available on his website. I watched his video "Her Mothers Locket" years ago and and it was a complete learning intensive video.

Think Creatively!


**This idea is for practice and learning purposes only. If you copy paintings of other artists for commercial selling purposes, make sure you look into the legalities of obtaining the proper advice/permission to distribute.  

Study "Green Velvet" by Monica Vanzant after Daniel Gerhartz

1 comment:

Wheelchair India said...

Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing.
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