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Why I do Master Studies

'Aren't you just copying other people's work?' I get asked this a lot, so I thought I'd spend a bit of time explaining why copying, or studying, master paintings can be a valuable exercise for all visual artists.  Firstly, I'm assuming, in most cases, that the artist you'll be working from is one you admire. And there may be several, nuanced reasons for this. But whatever your taste is, it'll be your enthusiasm for the work that will fuel your exploration of it and it's relevance to your own work. Secondly, you'll likely gain a deeper understanding on how the work was made; the composition, materials and techniques involved. This can be invaluable and accelerate your abilities within your chosen craft or discipline. ...

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New Painting - DVCM1

At the end of last year I was experimenting with blocks of colour. Often stacking them to build spacious abstract images. I then began looking at old master paintings and extracted dominant colours from them. The most recent is this interpretation of 'Portrait of Juan de Pareja' by Diego Velazquez in 1650. I'm still awe struck by the way Velazquez could paint, and have learned so many lessons by looking at his work. I've been interested Baroque painting for decades. This isn't the first time I've made paintings with old master elements as dominant subjects.  I've been thinking against the idea of painting the cracks and bits of impasto. Then I though why not, just for the challenge.

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