Today we started a new project.
I began the demo by showing you some examples of Van Gogh paintings that were near exact copies of Millet paintings. This was to make the point that great artists have (and still do) copy each other. There are many good reasons to copy. It is a great way to learn from other artist, it can be a challenge that pushes your skills and visual vocabulary. It is also a good way to get started - a point of departure that gives you something to respond to and expand on.
I wanted to begin this project by having you copy a black and white reproduction of a famous Cezanne painting. I gave you the choice of how exactly you would copy it. I chose to only copy general shapes and values with very little recognizable detail.
NEXT WEEK: we will continue this painting. I am going to bring in photo-references from entirely unrelated images and try to plug them into the basic composition that I copied from Cezanne. If you would like to follow along bring in some reference material you would like to used to develop your painting further. The content doesn't have to be at all related to the two men playing cards that Cezanne painted. Of course bring the painting we started in class today. Everyone did a great job in class today - a lot of great paintings!