|Emily Jeffers Sunshine Meadow #2|
Just look at that happy sunny landscape above by Emily Jeffers. It makes me so happy! She does it using so few brushstrokes, it amazes me as well. I love the soft airy way Emily's landscapes feel, and the bright colour palette she uses in her works.
|Emily Jeffers Mid-Summertime|
|Emily Jeffers Rise & Shine|
|Emily Jeffers After the Dew #3|
|Emily Jeffers (Commission Painting)|
|Photo by Paige French, who needs a whole other blog post!|
|My copy, based on Emily's Driving to Greenville|
|My attempt at Emily's Sundown|
|This one was more of an attempt at copying Michelle Armas, but is nowhere near!|
I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to painting subjects and style that I would like to try here, if you want to take a peak.
You may wonder why I don't just paint my own thing, why I am trying to reproduce someone else's style - which is a fair question! I feel that by trying to recreate an artist's work, I can get an idea of how it was made, how it was built from the darks to the lights, what values are where and how it all comes together. I only wish I had a photo of the original landscape to see how they read it into the painting! I love watching YouTube videos posted by artists that show them doing a painting in real time, or sped up, so you can see how it actually works.
As I was saying to my husband, who was seeing dollar signs floating in the air when I came home with these paintings, there is no way I would ever try to pass these off as 'mine'. Some super-nice Facebook friends who were very supportive when I posted the fruits of my weekend away may get an early Christmas gift... as long as they don't claim it as an Emily Jeffers OR Lisa Mackay original! It's all in the spirit of learning, and I am very inspired by Emily's paintings. After enjoying myself so much this weekend, I have signed up for a painting course starting in January, so hopefully I will be moving on to my own originals soon enough!