Learning from the Masters

Students learn by listening, watching and imitating their teachers.  One of the exercises often given to students is to copy the work of a master artist to learn how a particular painting was executed, to copy the brushstrokes and the colors until the student develops a style of his/her own.

When a painting done by a present-day master inspires me, I want to learn how it was done, how the paint was applied, what colors were used in the lights and the shadows.  For this purpose I copy the works I admire, just as painters did in days gone by, to absorb as much as I can of the knowledge that the artist put into the painting. That is why I attend workshops and demonstrations – to learn from the masters of today.


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