"Forgotten Teacup", 9x12" oil on canvas mounted on board
The second half of the Dailypaintworks challenge was tougher than I thought it would be. After copying a master work, we were to paint an original painting with the master work serving as inspiration. I set up a still life, put the Mancini copy on my easel for easy reference, and got to work.
I started painting with the Mancini copy in sight for inspiration
My mantra as I painted was, "Lots of paint, Keep it loose". This part of the challenge was difficult, because now it was up to me to decide which edges I should lose, which highlights to hit the hardest, and what areas I could abstract entirely. Mancini wasn't making the decisions anymore!
A few hours later
One of the most interesting parts of the challenge to me was that no matter how hard I may try to copy the style of a master, when it comes time to paint my own rendition, the painting won't look like it was painted by Mancini. My style surfaces, no matter how hard I try to mimic someone else's. It's my "fingerprint", and while I can absorb the influences of other painters, my paintings will always look pretty much like my own. And I guess that's not an entirely bad thing!
I learned so much from this challenge. If you'd like to see what other people painted, here's the link.