Monday, July 20, 2009
I have been following artist Michelle Burnett's blog, "Following the Masters", where she invites anyone who's interested to join in and try her monthly painting challenge. The challenge is to try and replicate a painting by a master, and this month's suggested challenge has to do with Poppies,( or your own favorite flower, or garden scene). Poppies make me think of artist Georgia O'Keeffe, and her wonderful paintings of poppies. I thought I would try and copy one of her paintings, and I picked this one from a book I have. It was a very interesting experience trying to replicate her style. It looks easier than it is, for sure! Wow!! All those subtle value changes, and magical brush strokes, I just couldn't seem to follow along like I thought I'd be able to. But, I kept at it, and I like how it came out. My version is done in oil on a 16"x20" canvas. The original by Georgia O'keeffe is called "Poppies" and is 36"x30" and was painted in 1950. It can be seen at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Also, I started a painting of my own poppies, from a picture I took while they were blooming in June. I'll post my progress on that one tomorrow.