It was such a thrill to not only spend a little time with this painting observing it but also being able to block in a crude copy of it. I have done numerous copies over the years of painters I have admired such as Sargent, Sorolla, Wendt, and Fechin to name a few.
There is much to be learned by doing this. Sometimes the lessons present themselves while doing the copy other times it comes later while working through some difficulty in my own piece.
It is a helpful to better understand how the artist actually did his work. I often think back to Sargent's copy of a Velasquez painting where it was done in Sargent's style however Sargent was not trying to go stroke for stroke to match the Velasquez painting, just getting the essence of it.
The Payne painting I am working on has not yet been cleaned so I am remembering back to the Payne Show I saw last year in California, where the colors were more vibrant and not so muted. Also trying to do it in my hand and learn a little something while I am at it.