i took a beginning painting class last year. one of the
assignments was to make a copy of a van gogh.
when you do this it is suggested that you select an artist
with different style from your own. the teacher claims that your art will
improve dramatically after three different copies are painted.
i don't know whether my art changed or
improved after the van gogh but i did learn about using texture.
i am now painting a copy of a portion of james ensosr's
christ's entry into brussels (1889). i became familiar with
with his work through an exhibit, the scandalous art of
james ensor, at the getty. i love his brilliant use of color and
the exaggerated characters he created. so i am giving it a whirl.