This week in my class, I gave my more advanced students the task of copying a masterwork. I think this is a very good exercise to do from time to time, and helps you get inside the thinking process of the artist you are copying.
This exercise was done in both my Wednesday classes, and several of the students asked if I wanted them to copy the masterwork “exactly”. Owing to my propensity for sarcasm, I fought hard not to respond with answers like “No. Why don’t you apply your 6 months worth of knowledge excluding Thursdays through Tuesdays, to that masterwork and see if you can’t improve on it”.
And now a challenge, and promise me you won’t cheat. One of the above was painted by Joanne Unger, and I would like you all to spot the real vs the copy. She not only did an exceptional job on it, but she did it in record time. Joanne paints everything in record time. In fact, I swear to God she paints in a vacuum. I come into the room and BOOM, she is halfway done before we even start. Maybe she rubs on my genie pot when I’m not looking.