May 23 2012
The California artist will be discussing an upcoming oil painting commission. The interviewer will be black, and The Artist will be teal, because it is her favorite color and this is her blog.
What are you working on these days?
Oh I’m so glad you asked that question! A friend/student/customer/client/all of the preceding titles told me of seeing a painting that really rocked her world. Alas! It was already sold. Being an opportunist/artist/entrepreneur, I said, “I could paint that for you.”
What was it of?
Great question – it was a wheat field with crows flying overhead.
Is it ethical to copy someone else’s painting?
Of course not! Paintings can be copyrighted (in fact the copyright is assumed in the artist’s favor) but ideas cannot. The painting she saw simply serves as the seed of the commission I will do for her.
How are you planning to make this seed grow?
She showed me a photo of it, then I looked up the subject under Google images. I saw that the most famous painting of a wheat field with crows is by Vincent Van Gogh. Next, I looked up photos of wheat fields to understand how they flow and change colors.
Will your friend/student/customer/client like it?
I believe she will love it. She chose the size that will best fit her space, which is 30×40″. She explained that she loved the “loosiosity” of the one she first saw. (Great word, yes?) Then, we discussed the proportion of sky to wheat. After that, she decided that red-tail hawks suit her more than crows.
So it is similar but different.
You got it.
Do we get to see the sketch?
Yeppers. Try to not be overly impressed with the great effort that has gone into this project so far – I know it will just render you speechless.
Have you ever seen a painting that you wanted copied for yourself?? The California artist would love to hear about it!