As a native Pennsylvanian, I’m extremely proud of our state’s artistic heritage. Some of my favorite artists established studios not too far from my home. N. C. Wyeth established his home and studio near Chadds Ford, and two more generations of Wyeths followed in his artistic steps. I would have to say that I enjoy Andrew Wyeth’s work the most. He helped to make watercolor a medium that people would take seriously, so naturally I admire him a great deal.
I’ve found that the best way to improve and learn new techniques is to look at the master works and emulate them to the best of your ability. I attempted to paint the background to Andrew Wyeth’s “Young Bull.” I wasn’t going to throw the bull into the painting for the simple reason that I can’t paint wildlife. I should try though.
The following painting is a study on Jamie Wyeth’s “Cooling Off.” Anyone who has worked with animals should know what is cooling off in the painting. It’s called “realism” for more than one reason.
It’s strange to look at the originals and compare them to my renditions. I noticed that colors and perspective were thrown off quite a bit, but the purpose of these studies was to learn something new, which definitely happened.