20 famous paintings for you to copy…

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There is much to be learned from copying paintings you like.  You have a head start with your painting because artistic decisions have already been made for you.  The colours, subject, format, composition have already been decided.  Without you realizing it, everything you learn by copying the great masters, will reflect in your future paintings.

Here they are! All of these famous works can be copied using my tutorials.  Can you recognize them?  Just click the links listed in order below to find your favourite. Go ahead, have some fun painting.  You deserve it!

PS If you choose to sign your work, it is important to acknowledge the original artist.  For example, “Christine S after Monet.”

Matisse “Basket With Oranges”

Edvard Munch “Girls on a Bridge”

Emil Nolde “Windmill”

Franz Marc “Horse in Landscape”

Pablo Picasso “Le Rêve (The Dream)

Milton Avery “Seated Woman in Blue”

Gabrielle Munter “Yavlensky and Verevkin”

Gustav Klimt “Mother with Child”

Wassily Kandinsky “Houses in Munich”

Pablo Picasso “Girl with a Dove”

Vincent van Gogh “The Starry Night”

André Derain “Big Ben”

Gustav Klimt “The Kiss”

Alexj Jawlensky “Girl with Peonies”

Paul Klee “Chosen Site”

Toulouse Lautrec “In Bed the Kiss”

Edvard Munch “Madonna”

Amadeo Modgiliani “Woman with Black Cravat”

Egon Schiele “Ceramics”

Claude Monet, “Les Nympheas” 

Friedensreich Hundertwasser “Man Find in Zahala” (cropped)

Original artwork by Christine Stoner ©
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Copy Famous Paintings – Giorgio Morandi

Natura Morta”, Giorgio Morandi Circa. 1953

Giorgio Morandi was an Italian painter and printmaker. He was born in Bologna in 1890 and lived there all his life.  When his father died the family moved a couple of doors down where Morandi died in 1964. He escaped the summer heat in Grizzana, a town in the Apennines, now renamed Grizzana-Morandi. Otherwise he hardly ever left Bologna. He taught drawing, engraving and etching, always within walking distance of home. The artist would sometimes make day trips to Venice, Milan or Florence to see an exhibition, but only near the end of his life did he venture outside Italy, once to an exhibition in Switzerland, once to Paris.

His studio, also his bedroom, was in the flat he shared with his three sisters (all, like him, unmarried) and their mother. The room is often compared to a monk’s cell: an austere place of solitary contemplation.

How was this painting done?

Morandi has used a muted color palette, subdued subject matter, and quiet simplicity. He has painted familiar objects such as ceramic bowls and vases, bottles, pitchers, jugs and boxes. They are purposely stripped of any identifying marks such as labels. This lends the objects a sense of anonymity. They are objects that could easily come from anyone’s kitchen.

The objects to have a weighty, chunky appearance, minimal amount of shading and highlights and a matte surface appearance.

The artist uses a careful balance of subdued colors and subtle tones, the objects almost appearing flat, due to their lack of tonal range. The paintings enjoy an anonymous, silent quality. ageless quality, superceding time and place.

Morandi works in a painterly style, in which the brushstrokes are visible and become an important part of the composition. He is not concerned with hiding the brushstrokes to create a smooth surface appearance. Instead, he paints in such a way that the quality and handling of the paint have as much contemplative importance as the objects.

Why should we care?

Morandi is best known today for his beautifully contemplative still-life paintings. His imagery would influence numerous artists after him, including the Minimalists, who admired his pared-back aesthetic and emphasis on order, geometry and spacing. Morandi’s fame is worldwide, with examples of his work hanging in every major collection of modern art.

Where can I find more paintings like it?

“Still Life with Orange Peel”, 1955 by Richard Diebenkorn is a painting influenced by Morandi although painted in a colourful contemporary style.

“Still Life Seven Objects” by British artist Charles Hardaker is another painting is very much influenced by Morandi. The muted tones and anonymous silent quality of the objects are much in keeping with Morandi’s style of working.

“Still Life, New Studio” William Brooker 1974 The table is a notable feature in this quiet contemplative work.  In this painting, William Brooker seems to be very infuenced by Morandi’s muted tones. The objects have an ageless yet anonymous quality superseding time and space in typical Morandi style.

Meditate, relax and enjoy

There can be no mistakes in making this painting.  Everything ends up as it should be.  Take the luxury of “time out” to recreate this fabulous painting in acrylics yourself, here’s how:

You will need

  • a small canvas, 30cm x 40cm is a good size
  • tubes of primary acrylic colours, blue, red and yellow plus white
  • a dark watercolour crayon
  • soft nylon paint brushes, (small, medium and a little larger)
  • water in an old container
  • a rag or disposable cloth
  • an hour or two

Tips on the Process

  • prime the canvas first, otherwise, just a wash and dry with a towel
  • print the photo you want to work from, measure and cut into quarters to make your drawing in a grid
  • turn the original photo upside down to make the drawing
  • use a dark coloured water colour crayon for your drawing
  • correct drawing right-side up from the original
  • erase crayon easily with a damp cloth
  • it is okay for the watercolour crayon mark to bleed into the painting
  • everything is easily painted over with acrylics
  • paint in the background first
  • The painting will not look great at the initial blocking in stage, stay with it for a pleasant surprise
  • try not to use paint directly from the tube; experiment with how to mix colours
  • layering colours on top of others using the scumbling technique creates magic
  • acrylics dry darker than the mixed colour

The Drawing Process

Turn your photo upside down and draw the space around the drawing first.  This is just a framework to place the figure on the page and you can easily correct right-side up with the dampened cloth as I have done below.

Otherwise, you may use my drawing below.  I suggest you ask your copy shop to print the PDF below onto a canvas and proceed to make your own unique painting.  Otherwise, you can print the copy on to good quality paper, paint the picture and frame it.  It’s your painting after all!

 

 

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“I learned to not worry so much about the outcome but to concentrate on the step I was on and try to do it as perfectly as I could.”  Stephen Wozniak

Original artwork by Christine Stoner ©
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“Let’s drag forth material, crude, rough, neglected. Then let’s sing it, dance it, write it, paint it – let’s do the impossible.”  Aaron Douglas

Original artwork by Christine Stoner ©
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June 2018

“By trying to win, I’ll always lose.  Only when I accept there will be no winning or losing, just events unfolding and how I chose to react to them, do I succeed.  Jeff Howe

Original artwork by Christine Stoner ©
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“As my artist statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.” Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes

Original artwork by Christine Stoner ©
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“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”  Mary Oliver

Copy Famous Portraits in Reverse – Alexj von Jawlensky

Jawlewnsy Young Girl with Peonies

What is it?

Painting “Young Girl with Peonies” by Alexj von Jawlensky

Image accessed 1/03/2018

In this painting I have reversed the colours by using their opposites on the colour wheel below.

color-wheel

 

How was this painting done?

German expressionist painters typically distorted colour, scale and space to convey their subjective feelings about what they saw. However, war scarred many of these artists for good. As a result, from 1915 onwards, German expressionism became a bitter protest movement as well as a style of modern art.

Exaggeration or distortion of lines, forms, and colours were just some of the techniques used by expressionists to convey their emotions, anxieties or neuroses.

Jawlensky combined elements of Russian icon painting and peasant art with the strong colours and outlines of the Fauves to create a distinctive, mystical expressionism.  He did, however, retain his typical Russian melancholy.

Why should we care?

Jawlensky can teach us a lot about the value of collaborating and working with our art buddies.

Between 1908 and 1910, Jawlensky spent summers in the Bavarian Alps with painters, Marianne von Werefkin, Gabrielle Munter and Wassily Kandinsky.  Through painting landscapes of their mountainous surroundings, they experimented with one another’s techniques and discussed many topics including art history.  After this time, Jawlewnsky turned increasingly to the expressive use of colour and form alone in his portraits. Jawlensky’s further collaborations with other artists who broke away from The New Artists’ Society in Munich went on to form the famous Der Blaue Reiter Group.

Where can I see other paintings like it?

“Portrait of Madame Matisse” (Green Stripe)”, 1905.  This work shows the bright colours   typical of The Fauves which influenced Jawlensky greatly.  Both Matisse and Jawlensky used colour to convey emotion.  Colour is the most significant element and focus of  “Young Girl with Peonies” (above) and “Portrait of Madame Matisse (Green Stripe).”

“Portrait of Marianne von Werefkin”, 1909, Gabrielle Munter.  Here, Munter has simplified the form and created clear colour contrasts similar to the technique applied in “Jawlensky’s “Girl with Peonies” (above).

Meditate, relax and enjoy

There can be no mistakes in making this painting.  Everything ends up as it should be.  Take the luxury of “time out”, have fun and recreate this fabulous painting in acrylics yourself, here’s how:

You will need

  • a small canvas, 30cm x 40cm is a good size
  • tubes of primary acrylic colours, blue, red and yellow plus white
  • soft nylon paint brushes, (small, medium and a little larger)
  • water in an old container
  • a rag or disposable cloth
  • an hour or two but don’t be concerned if  completing the painting over two days.
  • Tips on the Process
  • prime the canvas first, otherwise, just a wash and dry with a towel
  • print the photo you want to work from, measure and cut into quarters to make your drawing in a grid
  • paint in the background first
  • draw your painting with a small brush using a watery blend of blue.
  • everything is easily painted over with acrylics
  • The painting will not look great at the initial stages, stay with it for a pleasant surprise
  • try not to use paint directly from the tube; experiment with how to mix colours
  • layering colours on top of others using the scumbling technique creates magic
  • acrylics dry darker than the mixed colour

The Drawing Process

If you would rather not use a grid for the drawing,  you may wish to copy from the first image below using a fine brush.

Go ahead!  Save yourself money by painting your own amazing pieces for your home.  You and your friends will be amazed at what you have achieved!

 

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“Whatever you are by nature, keep to it: never desert your line of talent.  Be what nature intended for you and you will succeed.  Sydney Smith