The final part of this module of the course is to make a copy of a painting. I chose to copy a still life of flowers by Christopher Wood. The original painting can be seen at
Having not lifted a paintbrush since I left school more than 40 years ago (and not being particularly good then) I was really worried about doing this exercise and seriously considered doing the analysis option instead. However I did want to try to make the copy and then hit on the idea of using the ArtRage painting programme that I obtained when I bought my graphics tablet. I bought the tablet for Photoshop work and had only really had a quick look at the ArtRage programme that came with it. I was so pleased that I tried this out, copying the shapes of the flowers was relatively easy, but matching the tones, shades and colours was very difficult. It was well worth it though as I learned a lot more about the painting than if I had simply just studied it. I also tried to create a photographic copy of the painting, this didn’t really work out (my version of it wasn’t very good) but I learnt from from the process of having at least tried to do it. I’m so glad I didn’t opt out of this and do the analysis option instead!
This is my copy of the painting together with my photographic version.
Attached are my comments and learning points from the process.