Learning How to Paint #2
One of the basic ways to learn anything is to study and even copy what others do better. Hopefully you begin to develop your own voice, but some how all of what you’ve learned that is good stays with you and shows up in your work. I think that’s the point that Francine Prose makes in her book Reading Like a Writer.
Bob Dylan has come under scrutiny lately because of some of his lyrics which may or may not have been ripped off from something he read. Original thought is rare and we live day to day mostly from what we have learned. So are we all fakes?
This painting is one that I copied from Jacob Collins as way for me to learn something that will eventually show up in one my paintings. I don’t have the same skill level as JC and there should be no comparison, but my use of color and brush strokes is mine and I’ve learned more about how to frame/layout a head.