I just inherited a few old instructional painting books from my dear grandfather who just recently passed away. On a whim, I decided to do a quick copy of one of the paintings from a book by Claude Parsons for practice. It's very helpful to study another artist's methods and techniques, their color pallets and design sense. It really helps you get out of a rut. This copy turned out pretty cool so I thought I'd post it. I used photoshop to paint it cause it's quick and easy and mess free, the original, however, was painted in oil.
Using a similar color pallet, composition and technique, I created my own painting from some fake roses I also happened to inherit from my grandfather. The second painting is obviously inspired by the first.