… you may well ask! I started on the big canvas back in October, and got to the point where I couldn’t realistically paint indoors. So I moved out to the summer house. Problem is, it’s a small space, and already quite full of stuff. I found myself working on my knees or sitting on the floor, in the cold, without easy access to water and more than once putting my elbow into the paint. Hmm! Plus, I really wasn’t happy with how it was going. I thought and thought about my ‘beach scene’ idea and I just could not see it working.
So I covered up the canvas with a sheet and left it out in the summerhouse for a few weeks while I mulled over what to do. And then, I came across a painting via a Twitter link which really grabbed me. I decided to copy it. I know – not very original of me, and I’m hoping that the artist – if he or she ever saw my version – would be flattered rather than offended. Does copying someone’s painting breach copyright? I can’t imagine it’s anything like plagiarising a poem. It will never be identical to (or as good as) the original, and I’m not trying to forge someone else’s work or make money from it. Also, the original is much smaller, and I wasn’t able to copy all the subtleties, not least of all because I only had a small photo to go on.
Anyway, the canvas came back into the living room. I stopped messing about and acquired an easel. Here’s what happened.