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July 16, 2020

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KC

Do they... explain things... or just give you the photos, mostly?

It looks to me (note: not a painter, not qualified, but hey! Here's an opinion anyway! Tapping into my mansplaining side!) like the "key" to the right side of the book painting is semi-darkness with partial-length fairly-thin highlighted grass swoops. The left has kind of a lot of things going on and I can't identify them by likely layers, though.

TheQueen

KC - It depends on the book. The one I’ve been working with gives a very detailed step-by-step. The new books I bought show a mix of step-by-step and pointing out techniques in existing completed paintings.

KC

It sounded like its details on the grasses were perhaps a bit baffling, though?

I hope the new books suit you well!

TheQueen

KC - I think I was supposed to put on a layer of color and then scrape it off with the palette knife, and I didn’t. I think the styles are so strong in the new books that I’ll feel like I’m being a forger.

KC

Ah.

I have heard that closely imitating different styles gives you a "toolkit" which you can then use when doing your own thing, so there's that. But yeah. There's a strong "don't copy, do something different!" urge in me, so unless I'm doing something like 1. making a miniature version of something or 2. making a cake version of something, it's haaaard for me to do it Just The Same instead of doing all sorts of other things instead, even though I know it's a really useful learning technique. So it goes.

TheQueen

KC - Picasso had to learn to copy the Masters before he developed his Blue Period Style, then of course after that he went even further afield. So, is there really only one style per person? Perhaps not.

KC

There's definitely more than one style per person, sometimes. And then some of us get shortchanged. ;-) So it goes.

TheQueen

KC - I remember I was a very delicate drawer, and my figure drawing teacher encouraged me to be bolder. I did, and he didn’t like it and reduced my grade for that project. I‘m pretty bold now, since ai know it will be painted over.

KC

Ah. Gotta love it.

I used to draw and write with a really light hand, on the theory that if people couldn't *quite* see it it looked better.

I... wasn't totally wrong.

TheQueen

KC - I see the logic there. Did anyone ever say “I can‘T read this?”

KC

Yes. "I can't read this, you are hereby required to use a pen instead of a pencil for homework." Sigh. :-)

TheQueen

KC - they were on to you!

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