Bob Baker, “Sunrise, Streid Road” (2017)

5 Mar

fullsizerender25Bob Baker, Sunrise, Streid Road (2017)

Here’s my painting from yesterday, depicting the sunrise on Streid Road in Bloomington, looking west toward the airport.  This is another little 6″x8″ panel I executed in about a half hour, once again employing the limited palette of Anders Zorn: Ivory Black; Titanium White; Ochre; and Vermillion. Besides the limited palette I also consciously adopted the style of one of my favorites, Canadian artist Tom Thomson.

A quick word about imitating other artists: imitating another artist is one of the classic ways to teach yourself to paint.  It’s a great way to see the world through the eyes of another who came before you.  Somebody who breathed the same air, smelled the same smell, faced the same problems.  Imitation is hugely important.  No less an artist than Robert Henri strongly recommended the method in his terrific guide to artistic study, The Art Spirit.  To those who worry that by emulating another you’ll somehow lose being yourself, Henri offers the following sage admonition:

Don’t worry about your originality. You couldn’t get rid of it even if you wanted to. It will stick with you and show up for better or worse in spite of all you or anyone else can do.

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