Matisse is one of my favourite artists because he inspires me every time I look at his art.  I took a photo of a woman with long brown hair and textured red sweater gazing at this painting by Matisse in the National Gallery, London.  I learned a lot by copying this painting and putting it into the picture.  Copying art from the great masters is one of the best ways to develop as an artist.  In the book ‘Matisse on Art,’ I read this quote: ‘Whoever can copy can create.’ I find this very encouraging!  Creating is passed down from artist to artist when one copies.  Kind of like passing on a special language.