Thought I’d reblog this though I’m not sure about the argument put forward. I’m not sure why having teachers whose work you do not like should stop you learning the techniques of artists of the past. I painted a copy of a self portrait by Andre Derain and this made me study his technique. I then applied what I’d learned to a self portrait of my own in his style, which is now one of my favourite paintings. I don’t think trying to paint in another artist’s style means your work does not have your own input or is sterile. What do other people think?
Once I have my finished my layout for my next painting its a done deal, i’m sticking with the plan. I am going to try my best to not only recreate that image into a painting, but make it better. If you have already started your painting and say go to a museum and get inspired with the way a certain artist renders clouds for example, maybe this is something you might want to experiment with down the road, but not with the project you are currently working on.
The post modern notion that everything has been done already can be a blight on your creativity. In this culture of continuously recycled ideas, I refuse to adhere to this notion, vehemently. As someone who grew up at the during the tail end of this country’s golden age, where there seemed to an abundance fresh ideas and this thing called ‘optimism’, it pains me to see how America has…
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