Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tangled Garden

I really wanted to post something, but my current painting isn't quite finished. In the meantime, this is one of my favourite paintings, by Group of Seven's, J.E.H. McDonald. I think I would like to "copy" this since I can't afford the original. Would that be questionable in any way? Statute of limitations is up so I can paint it right?

6 comments:

D.Macri said...

Uh. Did I post this before? I was probably on the blog when I first discovered it.

Ludolf Grollé said...

Good luck with that; but why not create your own? if I may ask? "L"

D.Macri said...

I create my own all the time. This would be something different but still kind of my own at the same time, having to interpret and invent ways of emulation. I would do it differently even if I tried not to. The end result could be me with a painting of historical painting I admire. If I am allowed to choose the objects I use as references, then I should be allowed to use another picture. If I'm painting an interior space with art in it, I wouldn't want to just leave those spaces blank out of fear of copying. If really pressed I could just say it's an "exercise" (where I get a lesson, and a nice painting).

plischk said...

it's beautiful. you should go for it - it would an amazing challenge and experience.

james said...

make two! One for me.

Accordingly Unassuming said...

My best learning came from direct copies of group of 7 and dali. I sold them all on e-bay... so I think the envelope is open.

Really, the important thing for me was that I learned new ways of applying paint. New ways of considering colour in relation to other colours on the canvas and most importantly, it proved that I was capable of emulating these complex works with pristine accuracy.

I am certain that you can copy this. it's just a matter of applying the effort.

I'll see if I can dig up one with the original.