Sunday, October 24, 2010
Environments | page no.27
Page no.27 from the 'Environments' sketchbook.
The background is from the movie Alice in Wonderland (Disney, 1951).
"As an exercise before a day of composing, Chopin would spend an hour or two playing music from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. When he played Bach's music he felt he absorbed the master through the pores of his fingertips.
Why don't we artists do the same thing? Maybe because we're taught that it's bad to copy someone else's artwork. And we're justifiably concerned about becoming an imitator of another person's style.
But there's nothing wrong with copying as a way to practice and learn.
It's the shortest path to understanding."
from the chapter 'Copies from the Masters', Imaginative Realism by James Gurney.
Listening to: Peter Broderick.