Girl reading – after Fragonard

fragonard_girlCopy after Fragonard.

I sometimes copy old master paintings. This is partly because I like them and partly because I want to learn how they did them. Of course I read up on the theory (Eric Hebborn’s The Art Forger’s Handbook is a good place to start, and looking at unfinished work and artist’s sketches in museums is another). But actually doing it reveals what one does and does not know.