One of the time honored methods of learning to draw and paint has been the copying of the works of the old masters. Wanting to try something new last night, I went back to something old and did a short study of a painting at photographed at the Clark a few weeks ago.
Like all the other paintings in that exhibit, the example for my study was done by a woman in Paris between 1850 and 1903. I love the mother and child theme. Even more, I love knowing the person who painted this cut her creative teeth copying the classics and working in a supportive community of her peers.
I know I’ll be coming back to this work with better brushes and skills for the practice and the inspiration.