“The Woman with the Hat” by Henri Matisse. (1905)
One technique for studying art and improving our craft is to copy a master painter. While doing the study, I attempt to sketch, draw, mix and paint in the same manner as the master. Because the subject and composition is set, it is easy to concentrate on other details.
Copying a master is impossible to do without learning a great deal about how he (or she) worked his (or her) palette. Much can be learned from copying a painting you admire, and in the process, much is learned about the painter.
Fin. The original “The Woman with the Hat” (oil on canvas, 80.6cm x 59.7cm) was painted by Henri Matisse in 1905. The painting is at home in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA), in their permanent collection. The kids and I saw it there last October. It is breathtakingly beautiful in person. My memory of the painting was that it was a bit more vibrant and chunky with paint than the photo I was copying from suggested. I will need to keep adding layers to achieve the texture.
Anyway, a great exercise for a rainy day!
San Francisco MOMA: https://www.sfmoma.org
“Henri Émile Benoît Matisse was a French artist, known for both his use of color and his fluid and original draughtsmanship.” Wikipedia