I’ve been doing these small watercolor/gouache studies of Francis Bacon and Soutine paintings to warm up in the studio lately.
Funny thing is that I distinctly remember a professor once telling me that I “should be past the point of working from other artists.” While I agreed with him on a lot of things, I really think he couldn’t have been more mistaken on this point. If I really admire an artist, I will copy the hell out his/her work to figure out composition, technique, etc.
And then I will steal what I learn, and use it in my own work. Shamelessly. I’m not here to reinvent the wheel, guys. I’m here to paint.