Learning from Picasso

This is the second week of my Studying Under the Masters class…and Picasso is our teacher this week! I love his portraits from the early 1900s, and these three portraits were created using his paintings as inspiration.AModelForPicassoA Model for Picasso – 5 x 7 inch acrylic on Ampersand gessobord

I love the colors in this one, and those dramatic brush strokes too! HERE is the original painting by Picasso.


Paris, 1901  – 5 x 7 inch acrylic on Ampersand gessobord  

Of course, I am drawn to women in fashionable hats…and in this case, that gorgeous neck jewelry too! You can see Picasso’s original painting, by clicking HERE.


And finally, my close up version, of his Woman in a Spanish Dress painting, that I was able to see at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona in 2009…just as I was starting to become a painter. Who knew that five years later, I would attempt a tiny version of this pointillism beauty! HERE is the original painting...you can see just how I zoomed in to paint this in a 5 x 7 inch painting. Even with a painting this small…those dots took patience!

Two of these, are now available for purchase in the Etsy shop, under the shop section, “Inspired By…”

I’ve learned so much this week, by paying attention to Picasso’s paintings.






  1. I love the first and the third painting. It will probably be next month before I get to Picasso -LOL–I don’t know how you do so many paintings so quickly!!

    1. Thank you, Janet! I can’t wait to see what Picasso inspired art you create! I usually paint in multiples… So these three were on the easel at the same time, and completed in one sitting…about two and a half hours. The faster I go, the better the paintings…because I’m just painting and not second guessing myself ( that’s when I get into trouble ). Thanks again for your comment on my art!

  2. Amazing how you can paint after Picasso, but these paintings are so you. I hate to say it, but I think yours are far better than Picaso’s. Is that something I shouldn’t say??? 😉

    1. Thank you Karin! That was a very sweet thing to say! 🙂 There is a lot of Picasso’s work that is a bit “out there” for me…but I did love looking at these portraits of his, and I learned a lot about his approach to color and composition. I’m always learning!

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