Gary Long Studies

As I might have mentioned before after finishing assignment one I found it a real chore to knuckle down to coursework two. In the end I opted to take a few weeks away from it. This has helped as now I have returned to the course work I’m back in the flow and enjoying it again. The weeks I spent ignoring the course I didi a bit of painting. Here are the results. They are studies of the Cornwall based artist Gary Long who I greatly admire. His style iv very lose but his seemingly natural knack of balancing colour absolutely perfectly every time. This and the energy of his strokes makes the paintings sing. I wanted to copy a few as I find this is the best way to understand an artist process. I chose some of his wave paintings as I love these. I have never seen any one else work capture the raw energy of a wave so well as Long dose. All done in what looks like limited strokes that makes it appear easy. It’s not!

I am really hoping it is not illegal to copy some ones work for personal use?! People copy peoples work al the time in order to study it. I’m hoping it’s ok to do it with an artist that is living!!

I have just read on a well known QU & A web site it is ok to post copies of other artist work on your blog as long as you credit them .I hope this is right.

I would also like to stress these copies are not exact replicas.. Just me trying to get inside the process.


  • Oil paint colours used:
  • Titanium White
  • Zink White
  • French Ultramarine
  • Phthalo Turquoise
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadium Yellow pale
  • A3 canvas paper cut into relevant sizes.

One thing I noticed from these studies. Right from the under painting they work. The shapes and the colours look good.

They where so much fun to do. I really admire this guys style.


About Emma Perring

Artist, oil painter

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