I completed the copy of Winslow Homer in mid-December and delivered it to the client on December 22nd. “Right and Left” was the first Homer I’ve copied and although it is not typically what I would choose to paint, I found that copying this painting made me very much admire Winslow Homer’s work. It was very educational.
The painting depicts two ducks in flight attempting to avoid a hunters bullets. The one on the left although possibly injured continues its escape while the one on the right falls victim to the hunter. It is almost monochromatic with many shades of gray. The more I looked at it, the more colors I saw. The many degrees of value required much concentration. Homer used some very strong tints of greens mixed into the black feathers of the birds and it required strict observation to see it.
I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to duplicate this magnificent piece of artwork for a client who wanted to surprise her husband with it as a Christmas gift . She told me it is his favorite painting and she also told me he is very happy with the results….I love what I do!