Cambridge provides this example of "approximate" as a verb:
to come near in quality, amount, value, or character:
The painting only approximated the mountain landscape.
Similarly, Oxford provides this example:
approximate to something:
His story approximates to the facts that we already know.
Adding my own subjects (for instance "the artist" and "the author"), can I use "the story" and "the painting" as objects, while keeping the meaning exactly as is in both sentences? Here are the sentences as I want them to sound like:
The artist only approximated the painting to the mountain landscape.
The author manages to approximate his story to the facts we already know.
My suspicion is that I have changed the meaning, but I am not sure. Thank you.