A few weeks ago I decided to buy a set of acrylic paints. I had been wanting to try painting with acrylics for a while and Cass Art had an amazing deal on this particular set. I tried a few little paintings with my new fancy paints but wasn’t happy with the result. I have a feeling that this is because for most of last year I only painted in watercolours and its surprising how different the two mediums are.
With watercolour you start off light then work darker. With acrylic you start with a midtone then work lighter and darker. When I’m working in watercolour I know exactly what paints I need to mix to get a specific colour. With acrylic you need to use entirely different paints to get the same result. I basically had to start back at the beginning.
I decided to try doing a master study. This is basically where you copy a painting, all the hard bits like composition have already been done for you. You’ve probably seen people doing this in art gallerys. Now many people on the internet will tell you that this is a fantastic way to learn how to paint. But I just can’t get my head around the fact that I’m copying something.
All the way through school and college you’re told that copying is bad. Everything you do has to be your own original work. But the rules are a little different in the art world. Copying is okay if you are trying to learn and I have learned a huge amount. But it still feels weird knowing I am copying another persons work.