Monday, October 22, 2007

Learning by copying

I have heard that you can learn alot when you copy so I took a magazine and copied first a photo of Hoppers house. I did it in pencil, but it scanned badly so I "enhanced" the colors and it came out purple. I like it so I didn't go back to greyscale.


Then I got bolder and took one of his pictures from the magazine and tried to copy it. Well, I certainly learned alot about the complexity of what looks to be a simple painting. Gave me so much more appreciation for his talent (which I have always admired anyway). This is my little copy of "Rooms by the Sea".



Last but not least, my own interpretation of the view out the kitchen window in Cayucos. What a nice way to have your morning coffee - looking out over the ocean and the wonderful hills.

5 comments:

ksklein said...

I try to copy a lot and that really helps a lot to improve my drawings and sketches. Your drawings turned pretty good, isn´t it? I specially like the middle one.

ElizT said...

I'm having probs. with images not loading, but caught a glimpse of the Hopper copy--you did him proud!

Mim said...

Thanks to you both! As I look at the bottom painting I see that it looks like a waterfall instead of flat water. In my original, it looks flatter - maybe my scanner is messing this one up also. Ah well, live and learn.

Switchsky said...

well well well..I really like these..esp the purple house

Sarah said...

I think your Hopper copy has a lot of atmosphere