Collectif Creativity: 14Apr2022

by Brenda Kennedy

One of the things I have done when no ideas for painting are evident, is to copy other artists’ work. It hasn’t been easy for me to paint these past few months so I turned to a book of Tom Thompson’s landscapes.

What I learned is that it was almost impossible to paint like the artist I was copying. How hard it was to emulate his brush strokes. And to see what he saw.

It was an interesting exercise. [Ed note:  these were copied for learning/practice purposes and are not for sale.]

1. Smoke Lake, oil on wood, 12 x 12″
2.  Thundercloud, oil on wood, 12 x 12″
3.  Northland Sunset, oil on wood, 12 x 12″
4.   Algonquin Park , oil on wood,  12 x 12″

Creativity has many forms. Collectif members, share yours! Send JPG images of your creative mind at work to with up to 100 words per image describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. Maybe share how/if creativity helps. Please include size (height by width), title & media for all images. 

Writers – we really want to hear from you! Send us poetry, lyrics, an excerpt. Try to include an illustration of some sort. 

Give us informative, inspiring show & tell. Thank you!


  1. I have done this myself if only to try a different style of painting other than my own which is realism. The artist I chose at the time was Van Gogh. Looking at your paintings I see some remnants of realism in some of them as in the clouds of the top right painting compared to the ones below. It is always good to step away and try something different. Thanks for sharing Brenda!


  2. That is an interesting and productive thing to do, Brenda. Copying from the masters always inspires us, teaches us something and helps us to grow as artists. Well done!


  3. That is something I haven’t tried yet, but you inspire me! A great exercise, I’m sure! And the results are very nice!


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