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Something Old and New

One of the time honored methods of learning to draw and paint has been the copying of the works of the old masters. Wanting to try something new last night, I went back to something old and did a short study of a painting at photographed at the Clark a few weeks ago.

Like all the other paintings in that exhibit, the example for my study was done by a woman in Paris between 1850 and 1903. I love the mother and child theme. Even more, I love knowing the person who painted this cut her creative teeth copying the classics and working in a supportive community of her peers.

I know I’ll be coming back to this work with better brushes and skills for the practice and the inspiration.