BlackandWhite family, Challenges, drawings

Homage to Hopper

At the painting session in with my friends in our painters group Pink Bucket we got a classic paintings challenge from one of the members in the group, Johan Hoflund.

He had made post it notes with three words on every note. Then we picked one out of them. I picked the one with the words “open surfaces, lonliness, bar”.

That note described a classic painting and I was supposed to interpret that painting. That was a great challenge and I loved every minute of the work.

To interpret a classical painting by one of the great master artist in arthistory is amazing. You get so near the painting, watch every line, every detail and you very soon realize that it’s a masterpiece. You can’t add something to it and you can’t erase something. The original painting is perfect. But you can learn a lot to do “covers” of famous paintings and you have the pleasure to feel the power in the painting.

It’s no use copying the picture, you have to do your own amateur version, you can never do as good as the original. But that goes the other way around too. A master artist can never copy a amateur painting either and get the same result.

If you don’t know what you should paint or draw, find a classic painting an do something from that picture.

Art is amazing and timeless. Want to see which painting I’m talking (writing) about and how I managed to solve the challenge?

Here it is. What do you think?


Homage to Edward Hopper Nighthawks 1942

I think the original painting is awesome 🙂


35 thoughts on “Homage to Hopper”

  1. The Hopper piece is one of my favourites; I saw the original once. I like your version as well. Speaks from the heart, very beautiful. (Actually like it more than the original because of the starkness you conveyed. I think, perhaps, that was the point in the first place?)

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    1. I don’t know really. I started to draw the lines that I saw in the picture and then I thought, a black and white drawing could be a good interpretation. I tried to do dark where there were dark colors and a little lighter where there was lighter and so on. I never know where I’m going with paintings and drawings that I do. The final result is always a surprise:)

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  2. I like to do classic paintings, to my mind. Da Vinci, Johannes Vermeer, Botticelli; many of Picasso … I agree with you that you can not copy exactly; we must give the personal touch.
    Your picture, as always, beautiful. Magnifying interpretation.Hugs.

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  3. Excellent. I love challenges. My friend and I challenge each other with writing prompts quite often. Takes me out of my comfort zone.

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