Sunflowers and Copycats

“Sunflowers in a Vase.” Watercolor by Sheila D.

Imitation is the sincerest [form] of flattery. –Charles Caleb Colton

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, my artist/blogging friend Sheila Delgado should be tickled pink over the art Christine B and I created in the style of one of her specialities–“sunflowers in a vase.”

Last year, Christine B sent me a sunflower watercolor she “borrowed” Sheila’s style to complete. I included it in a blog post last November with many other sunflower postcards, but here it is again:

“Sunflowers in a Vase.” Watercolor by Christine B.

Days after the post, I received a Sheila D original watercolor of sunflowers in a vase [above]! Needless to say I was thrilled! I was so pleased to have another sunflower watercolor that it remained [with Christine’s] in my prayer and mediation space. So, a few months ago, when I began to include art/doodling as part of my daily routine and after seeing it every day, I played around with imitating Sheila’s sunflowers in a vase. This is one result:

“Sunflowers in a Vase.” Pen and Pencil by Me!

Thankfully, my sunflowers have improved a bit since my summer doodle [I’ll share some next month]. Like all my drawings, I used ink and colored pencils. I haven’t been brave enough to attempt this with the watercolor pencils, but I will make an effort over the longer holiday break.

I read somewhere that beginning artists learn by imitating the styles of other artists. Even though I’m a long way from being that kind of artist, I enjoy testing my [minimal] skills from time to time by “copying” the artwork of others.

So…thank you, Sheila, for giving me sunflowers…and another subject to doodle. 😉

5 thoughts on “Sunflowers and Copycats

  1. Sheila Marie Delgado says:

    What a JOYFUL surprise to open your post and see such lovely bouquets! I had almost forgotten about this painting. But I have to say, it is one of my favorites of all time. So glad you have enjoyed it, and so honored it would find a home in your prayer space 🙂
    I remember Christine’s painting, and I am blessed to say I have one of my own. 🙂
    Your piece is so warm and welcoming! Truly delightful! And the heart is so very YOU! Your blooms are so sweet and friendly 🙂 I look forward to seeing more 🙂
    I will admit I have many times copied other artists. To try and learn how they do what the do. YES! I am extremely flattered 🙂 And humbled, and honored. Thank you, my friend!

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