Copying Gwen Fox with unpredictable results

Gloria Hill and I have been painting together on Wednesdays at the Studio for a year and a half, and we always like to find inspiration from interesting sources. Today I said, “Let’s try to paint like Gwen and see what happens.” Gwen Fox is our beloved Taos-based painting teacher – she’s awesome. So I picked out one of her abstracts for us to copy, and off we went. Here’s the painting that we were attempting to forge (all in the spirit of artful emulation, of course). Scroll down for our results.


We got as far as the layout and background before we realized that copying wasn’t working for us. So Gloria went her way and I went mine – how can two artists who start with exactly the same idea and example end up with such different results?? Take a look (and rest easy, dear Gwen – you are an original, and while we have learned so much from you, we won’t be competition for your glowing abstract style!) Here’s Gloria’s:

And here’s mine – not only do they look like they came from two different artists, they look like they came from two different planets! Go figure –  but it was fun and very insight-full.


13 thoughts on “Copying Gwen Fox with unpredictable results

  1. A really good artist has a hard time copying. Although one can be inspired and influenced by someone elses’ art, it is too boring to stay on track to repeat stroke by stroke and color by color exactly what someone else thought of first. Little wonder that you and Gloria soon deviated onto your own paths.

  2. They say no snowflake is the same so why expect the same results from two different artists…could even trace out a pattern and it would look different. Amazing. Great work by both of you!

  3. I like your comments – and,yes, even if we traced it the results would be different. It really was an interesting experiment – I think it may be harder to copy an abstract than a “realistic” painting – ??

  4. I would cheerfully give either painting, or both, real estate on my walls. I don’t often make that offer! You both done real good! Try to read that last line with the appropriate Texas slang…

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