Diversion – copy for practice


Periodically, when I get stuck or frustrated at how things are going, I make a copy of a painting that’s caught my eye. It could be the colours, the style, the composition, anything really; and I have a go at making something similar with my own preferred media and maybe adding some that the original artist may not have had to hand or didn’t care to use.

This painting, the Gust of Wind by George Hendrik Breitner (1890), struck me with its simplicity in suggesting the wind and its effect. The two women are painted sparingly but with evident motion and they dominate not the centre of the canvas but almost the whole right third of it. The rest of the painting is subjugated to them and utterly still while at the same time seeming somehow fully constructed and real. A glance atwikipedia and I saw that Breitner, an…

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