My copy above in acrylic
Monet original in oil
I did a test a few years ago. I wanted to see if I could do a copy of a Monet in acrylics .
Monet obviously painted in oils and if acrylics can be recognized as a comparable medium then it has to be shown that what can be done in oils, can also be done in acrylics. I believe Monet would have used acrylics if it had been available to him.
Here is a link to my demo on the copying of this painting.
Amazing! Had to look twice to confirm which one was the original. Regarding the barrier - the fence - the difference is that the foreground has already brought you into the painting via the sidewalk and the people, and the barrier is in the background. The main point being not having a barrier in the foreground. I am really impressed!!
It was an interesting project . Shortly after I did this painting, I Incorporated the ideas Monet built into his painting , into another painting for, should I call it "the visual barrier challenge". Tell me your thoughts on this one at :
I love it, I'm working on Monet's "The Harbour at Argenteuil, 1872"
Bruce, I am realitivley new to this site and have just started painting, acrylics also. I have to tell you you painting is just awesome. Your are some fabulous artist.
Lovely reproduction of Monet' s work. I am sure that many painters of the past would have enjoyed acrylics but what they might have appreciated more is the pigments we have now available, the translucent colors, the quinacridone family and all that was developped recently.
Brian, I am blown away by this demonstration, and excited that it is in acrylic. I'm all for making acrylic more popular with collectors.
Thanks Lori , your comment was an encouragement for me. I believe acrylic's and the acrylic mediums have come a long way since the 1950's. If Monet was painting today he may have used them because he painted with a lot of texture and briliant color.
I have no formal training in painting and haven't had much exposure to galleries. I paint as a hobby and do sell an ocasional painting. I have lost interest lately and hope to get back to painting again soon.
It would have been interesting to have seen what the impressionists would have done with acrylic and all those new pigments if they were avaliable to them. It was a a great learning experience to do my version of his painting.
For some reason Monets early work inspires me most. This painting has that blend of impressionism with its loose strokes and the fine detail of realism . This is what I am after in my own paintings - a realism with an impressionist influence.
This is wonderful ! I have couple questions for you :
Did you do a warm grey ground for this painting ?
For the flower bed : To reproduce Monet flickering light did you work wet on wet ?
Great work Brian! Amazing amount of detail and you pulled it off beautifully.
thanks for getting back. I too love monet and the impressionists. I did a one a while back. I have been working on large abstracts for the last year. I am also self taught and no youngster who just started about 1.5 years ago.. I also love to draw nudes and faces which I never thought I could draw at all. I must say I think they are better then my paintings. Well keep on painting. Nice speaking with you. You really did produce beautiful work. Jeannnette
What fun, I use to copy the master painters also..actually learned to paint that way. I like the way your acrylics made the picture sunnier!