I was inspired by Katie Turner’s post on studying the masters to do another copy. I found this painting in the book Mystical Landscapes: From Vincent van Gogh to Emily Carr.
Looking at the reproduction on WikiArt, there’s a much greater shift from cool to warm in the colour (from right to left) compared to the image in the book. So I didn’t quite capture that. I also struggled to achieve the fantastic brushwork and scumbling on (cheap) paper. And I didn’t use quite the right blue either. (I just used ultramarine.) Having said that, I’m pretty happy with how it came out.
I agree with Katie that studying and copying masters (whether true “old” ones or just great painters that you admire) is beneficial—and fun.