by Janet Glatz
The above image is of a watercolor painting by Carol Evans of British Columbia. I find Ms. Evan's work to be exciting and awe inspiring. Even though she paints in watercolor, the authenticity of her work and her use of color inspire an oil painter like me.
I search for inspiration like this periodically; finding an artist who simultaneously challenges me and whose work isn't too far from my own in style makes my blood rush. I think: I can do this with some hard work and practice! Look how she does that water! Look at that spectacular use of light! Realism at its best.
So I might print off a copy of the painting above and pick a couple of square inches, say of the water, and try to duplicate the strokes that make her water look so real. Then I might try a section of her rocky coastline. You get the idea. No way would I ever copy or try to duplicate Carol Evans' work--my paintings need to retain my own signature and style. But that doesn't mean I can't learn from an expert.
I encourage you, whatever your skill level, to search out inspirations of your own. If you don't know the possibilities, how can you improve your painting? Good luck.