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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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Copy the Work of an Old Master

The exercise of copying an Old Master is a challenging and fun way to grow in your work. It gets you out of your comfort zone, forcing you to take a closer look at the artist’s use of composition, design, value, color, texture and application. It helps you to solve problems you may have with your own work and broadens your understanding and appreciation of the rich legacy left by the artists who came before us.

I love the work of the renowned nineteenth-century Russian landscape painter Isaac Levitan. Levitan was born into a poor Jewish family in Lithuania in 1860. At age 13, he entered the Moscow School of Painting, his tuition fees waived because of extreme poverty. He made rapid progress under the tutelage of ...

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