|My copy (in progress) of Van Gogh's copy of one of Millet's Diggers|
As the trend among artists these days is to copy Sargent, Van Gogh copied Millet, his favorite artist, in 1880 when he decided to become an artist at the age of 27. His goal was to get into the Academy, but he didn't think he had natural talent, so he systematically taught himself by copying Millet and others plus drawing from plaster casts. What was good enough for Van Gogh, according to page one of Van Gogh at Work, (another awesome birthday gift), to arouse my artistic muse, ( who seems to be hibernating through this record winter), long enough for me to copy one of Van Gogh's drawings of one of Millet's Diggers. Tonight, the plan is to add the second Digger. Graphite, in front of the TV, in front of a cozy fire, isn't a bad way to spend a winter night.
On my way through my sketchbook to find a clean sheet, I ran across a couple more copies I made from Sargent. The challenge of this snowy, bitter cold Sunday was to photograph them and export them into Window 8--learning a bit more about navigating the system. After installing and uninstalling my old, comfortable Jasc Photo Album software and totally confusing Windows 8, I was successful--and a tad bit more savvy. Of course, I did it all with a glass of wine within reach.
|LWR copies Sargent|
|LWR copies Sargent a lot, but now maybe Van Gogh?|