A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 18: Sincere Flattery Gallery

The saying goes: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. It also happens to be a dynamite way to re-educate yourself in art!

About 25 years elapsed between the time I graduated from Calvin College with a Fine Arts Degree to when I began to seriously make art again. I had dabbled in things, of course. I drew cartoons, did the occasional artwork for some church event, whipped out a drawing for my kids to color, etc. but to actually sit down and draw for drawing sake… it had been a loooooong time. So I set about putting myself through some basics of art education. One of my favorite things to do was look up famous portraits by the masters and attempt to copy them. Now “copy” sounds like I was sharpening my forgery skills. No – I was looking at the Greats in order to teach myself more about color and form, the use of line and shade, and all those things that flow so much better when you haven’t been NOT doing art for a loooooong time! I wasn’t trying for exact replicas and ¬†was using cheap oil pastels and pencil crayons on lousy paper. Basically they were ramshackle sketches of masterpieces. But I enjoyed the process and the results gave me confidence to create again.

Here is a gallery of of my Sincere Flattery and my sincere attempt to get my Art-Jones back again! It probably goes without saying but the original is on the left! And if you want to know the artist and artwork, the caption is supposed to pop up when you put the cursor on the portrait (at least it did for me – sorry if it doesn’t work for you). All of my copies are done in oil pastels with some pencil crayon touches. The one just below was done with a $2 set of pastels from a teacher’s supply store! Enjoy.

My Art Gallery

A friend of mine asked me today if I post any artwork to my blog. I responded that I have done so in the past but not very often. I have a Facebook page dedicated to my art (R.S. Kadoodles if you’re interested in checking it out) but I guess there’s no harm in posted artwork here, too! So in the spirit of getting the creativity out there, below is a sampling of my art from the past couple of years. I hope you enjoy it.

Mixed media on paper, 2015 Inspired by a Low Country Hill lyric: "And the Northern Lights will make everything all right"

Low Country Hill

Self portrait with brown hoodie

Self portrait with brown hoodie

Portrait of Malala Yousafzai

Portrait of Malala Yousafzai

Four Maple Leaves

Four Maple Leaves

Charcoal Storm

Charcoal Storm

No One Else Can Dance Your Dance

No One Else Can Dance Your Dance

Flowers with Oranges still life for Monique, Valentine's Day 2015

Flowers with Oranges still life for Monique, Valentine’s Day 2015

Re-Creation of Henri Matisse, self portrait in striped shirt

Recreation of Henri Matisse, self portrait in striped shirt

Re-Creation of Jawlinsky, Spanish Woman

Re-Creation of Jawlinsky, Spanish Woman

Sea Monster

Sea Monster

Tree House

Tree House

Desert Sun

Desert Sun

Castle Path

Castle Path

There Be Whale Here

There Be Whale Here

Yussuf Sleeping

Yussuf Sleeping

Fraser Smiing

Fraser Smiing

Humphrey Concentrating

Humphrey Concentrating

Shirley's Bay Frog

Shirley’s Bay Frog

Waterloo Backyard Squirrel

Waterloo Backyard Squirrel

Pike's Peak with Garden of the Gods

Pike’s Peak with Garden of the Gods

The Mains House

The Mains House

Portrait of Clara Hughes

Portrait of Clara Hughes

Self Portrait with Snow Man

Self Portrait with Snow Man