I want to improve how I handle oil paint. To get some experience in, I’ve turned to one of my favourite painters – Manet. The task I’ve set has been to copy his work as accurately as possible using actual sized details from copies of his paintings. I’m really pleased with how they have turned out and with what this exercise has taught me.
It’s made me try out a looser approach. But there is nothing casual about Manet’s work – each brushstroke counts and the exercise has made me appreciate how Manet closely observed and captured what he was looking at. For my next project I’ll have a stab at a portrait following Manet’s technique as well as I can.