Courage – Daily Therapy

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“Let’s drag forth material, crude, rough, neglected. Then let’s sing it, dance it, write it, paint it – let’s do the impossible.”  Aaron Douglas

Original artwork by Christine Stoner ©
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Copy Famous Paintings – Claude Monet

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Image accessed 4 December, 2017

What is it?

An oil painting, “Les Nymphéas” 1914-1926 by Claude Monet

How was this painting done?

This painting was done in an Impressionist technique using the “Alla Prima” style and with a chisel shaped brush. Monet painted the work all in one go, he did not wait for the paint to dry.   Monet used the “Le Petit Tache” method whereby the paint was not mixed on the palette. The artist dabbed different colours on the canvas. The colours blended with each other when looked at from a distance. It could be described as the “optical mixing of colour” and in this case, Monet has used ultramarine blue, lemon yellow, burnt sienna, cadmium red and titanium white.

This style was perfectly suited for Monet to literally shift the shimmers of his garden at Giverny.

Why should we care?

Impressionism was a real revolution in painting changing more in two decades than many artistic movements did in two centuries.

In 1872, in the French port city of Le Havre, 32-year-old Claude Monet made a painting that would give an art movement its name. Monet called his painting “Impression, Sunrise”. And an art movement was created.

The Impressionists broke all the formal academic rules — they used quick brush strokes, changed perspective and made their shadows out of colour, not black. Most of all the impressionists sought to capture light and most paintings, if not all, were done En plein air.  Scenes of ordinary life and glimpses of unpainted canvas were also characteristic of the Impressionist style.  All this was helped by the invention of tube paints, square brushes and portable easels making it easier to paint out of doors.

Monet sometimes painted ten canvases of the same subject at the same time just to capture the subject in different light throughout the day.

Where can I find other paintings like it?

You will see typical subject matter, quick brush strokes, colourful shadows and glimpses of bare canvas as in French Impressionism in these examples.

Le Boulevard Montmarte at Night”, 1897 by Camille Pissarro

Mount Sainte-Victoire view from Lauves”,
1904-6, by Paul Cezanne

In a French Garden”, 1873 by Frederick Childe Hassam

Meditate, relax and enjoy

There can be no mistakes in making this painting.  Everything ends up as it should be.  Take the luxury of “time out”, have fun and recreate this fabulous painting in acrylics yourself, here’s how:

You will need

  • a small canvas, 30cm x 40cm is a good size
  • tubes of primary acrylic colours, blue, red and yellow plus white
  • soft nylon paint brushes, (small, medium and a little larger)
  • water in an old container
  • a rag or disposable cloth
  • an hour or two but don’t be concerned if  completing the painting over two days.

Tips on the Process

 

  • prime the canvas first, otherwise, just a wash and dry with a towel
  • print the photo you want to work from, measure and cut into quarters to make your drawing in a grid
  • paint in the background first
  • draw your painting with a small brush using a watery blend of blue.
  • everything is easily painted over with acrylics
  • The painting will not look great at the initial stages, stay with it for a pleasant surprise
  • try not to use paint directly from the tube; experiment with how to mix colours
  • layering colours on top of others using the scumbling technique creates magic
  • acrylics dry darker than the mixed colour

The Drawing Process

It is easy to copy from my drawing below using a fine brush.

Otherwise, you could ask your copy shop to print the PDF below onto a canvas and proceed to make your own unique painting.  Otherwise, you can print the copy on to good quality paper, paint the picture and frame it.

Go ahead!  Save yourself money by painting your own amazing pieces for your home.  You and your friends will be amazed at what you have achieved!

 

 

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Copy Famous Paintings – Henri Matisse

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What is it?

A still-life painting, Basket With Oranges, 1913 by Henri Matisse.

How was this painting done?

Matisse has been very skillful in his use of colour and decoration here.  Notice how each colour used is distributed in various amounts throughout the painting.  This ties the painting together. The colours jump across the picture and “talk to each other” creating unity and harmony.  Colour harmony is one of the reasons this still life is so eye catching.

Matisse has used flatness most effectively in “Basket With Oranges.”  The objects are not three dimensional, nor did Matisse intend them to be.  In doing so, he shows off what a painting can be, not what the items actually are.  Matisse reminds us that we are viewing a work of art which has called attention to itself as a painting, not as a group of objects.

Why should we care?

Matisse visited Morocco in 1912, the year before this painting was done. After that, everything changed for Matisse and for us.

Morocco meant extravagance of colour, pattern and light.  Dizzying arrangements of carpet, textiles and wallpaper emphasized pattern and color. Decoration in Morocco was like no other.  It was not secondary to an image; it was the principal subject.

In “Basket With Oranges”,  Matisse has successfully separated decorative art and the intellectual obligations of easel painting.  He does not intend any other aim than beauty, pleasure and delight of the senses.

Matisse’s trip to Morocco in 1912 resulted in decorative pictures full of joy and positivity. His subsequent paintings featured strong vibrant colours, patterns and light.  Matisse developed a style that is everlasting.

Where can I find more paintings like it?

Paintings by Raoul Dufy done 15 years later can be seen with Matisse’s influence of colour, decoration and light.  These includeOpen Window Nice“, 1928 and Interior With Open Windows“, 1928.

It may be said that Cezanne was influenced by Paul Gauguin.  This can be seen in some of Gauguin’s paintings done in the vibrant, colourful culture of Tahiti.  A good example is The Seed of the Areoi“,  which was painted in 1892, 21 years earlier than “Basket With Oranges.”

Meditate, relax and enjoy

There can be no mistakes in making this painting.  Everything ends up as it should be.  Take the luxury of “time out” to recreate this fabulous painting in acrylics yourself, here’s how:

You will need

  • a small canvas, 30cm x 40cm is a good size (recycled is okay as below)
  • tubes of primary acrylic colours, blue, red and yellow plus white
  • a dark watercolour crayon
  • soft nylon paint brushes, (small, medium and a little larger)
  • water in an old container
  • a rag or disposable cloth
  • two or three hours

Tips on the Process

  • prime the canvas first, otherwise, just a wash and dry with a towel
  • print the photo you want to work from, measure and cut into quarters to make your drawing in a grid
  • turn the original photo upside down to make the drawing
  • use a dark coloured watercolour crayon for your drawing
  • correct drawing right-side up from the original
  • erase crayon easily with a damp cloth
  • it is a big plus if the watercolour crayon mark bleeds into the painting
  • everything is easily painted over or blended in with acrylics
  • paint in the background first
  • The painting will not look great at the initial blocking in stage, stay with it for a pleasant surprise
  • try not to use paint directly from the tube; experiment with how to mix colours
  • acrylics dry darker than the mixed colour

The Drawing Process

Turn your photo upside down and draw the space around the drawing first.  This is just a framework to place the figure on the page and you can easily correct right-side up with the dampened cloth as I have done below.

Otherwise, you may use my drawing below.  I suggest you ask your copy shop to print the PDF below onto a canvas and proceed to make your own unique painting.  Otherwise, you can print the copy on to good quality paper, paint the picture and frame it.  It’s your painting after all!

Original image from https://www.wikiart.org/en/henri-matisse/basket-with-oranges-1913 accessed 28/11/2016

Courage – Daily Therapy for Artists

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“There is always another rung of the ladder to be climbed.  Be not faint-hearted but go forward and upward always reaching for the highest.  Life is movement, it is change, it is growth.”  Eileen Caddy