I already posted a couple of Daubigny studies I did at the Van Gogh museum. They have a lovely large pair on the top floor along with some other artists who influenced or were influenced by Van Gogh. In the same room is this painting. It's my favorite painting in the whole museum.
Vincent is hard for me to copy well. There are other artists whose style is easier for me to sketch. For this one, I tried out a new four color ballpoint pen, using blue to draw to sky and green under the fields. I was trying to get more of the vigor of his brushwork with the lines of the pen. Then I used a few Faber Castell brush-tipped markers when I had colors that were right, again looking for texture and line to help show his brushwork. Finally I did watercolor on top to fill in the colors I still needed. I think this is my most successful Van Gogh copy to date (which is really not that much of a boast...)
I also sketched in line waiting to get in the museum.
My last study of the day was of an Odilon Redon painting of the Buddha. I saw an exhibition of Redon when I was in high school, and I have loved him ever since, even though his visionary, dreamlike work is so far from what I do. I really loved his Buddha with the flowers floating around him. I have a moderately Buddhist friend who radiates this kind of peace and quiet happiness. It's a lovely thing.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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