I can’t stress how powerful of a technique this is. Every single professional artist takes hers or his inspiration partly from their idols. I am a huge fan of Albert Bierstadt for example, so I take a LOT of inspiration from his paintings; how he pushes mountains back in the distance, how the weather interplays with the scenery, contrasts with lights and shadows, and more. I do studies of his work to really get a grip of how to build up similar vibes and get a similar sense of scale.
Studies are a way for us to test ourselves, improve and learn from the very best. You must undoubtedly have works of art from artists that you think highly of – make studies of their work. Paint their exact paintings yourself! You will learn so much from doing this, and your paintings will be a lot better the more you understand how to get your paintings to become what you want them to become
I once wanted to learn more how to do epic paintings in acrylics and oils (I still want to know that actually), so I took one of Albert Bierstadt’s paintings, and I made a study of it in acrylic, and some of it I decided to apply myself and deviate a bit from his original (that’s OK to do!). The original is in oil: