Have you ever wanted to take an online class but didn't know where to start or which one to take? Let me heartily recommend Studying Under the Masters - Becoming the Apprentice hosted on the Jeanne Oliver Design blog. I've been looking forward to this class ever since it was announced - It just opened today and what a treat!
There are 9 teachers and each week one will "apprentice" under a master painter - learning their techniques, their history, etc. and will share it with us! This week is Henri Matisse.
With my Matisse coffee mug at my side I was ready to start my adventure (in the interest of total honesty the mug is my mother's but since I stole/borrowed it from her about 2 years ago with NO intention of returning it, I feel as though I can refer to it as mine - feel free to visit it any time you want, Mom).
I cut 4 pieces of sketch paper to 6" x 9" and painted them in solid colors. TIP: Use those old catalogs you receive in the mail as mats while you paint. When you've finished painting just tear out the catalog page and you have a fresh one underneath. I use catalogs all the time when I am using gluestick, etc. No clean-up - just wad up the paper and throw it away!
Adirondack paints are a favorite of mine since they are so matte. I used a smallish brush so I could dip it right into the bottle - another mess saver!
I'm usually so picky about painting but really tried to loosen up and make fun patterns. One of the many things I learned today was Matisse's love of pattern and how it is reflected in so many of his works.
The flower pattern was my favorite so I set it aside to use on another project. Flipped over the other three patterns and drew organic shapes on the back which I cut out with scissors. When Matisse was older and could no longer paint he did what he called "painting with scissors" and constructed amazing paper collages.
I combined his love of pattern along with the organic shapes to make my idea of a Matisse. I had limited time to play and was itching to be creative so this was just the project for me.
Funny how there can seem to be a "right way" for the image - at least to me. This one is flipped from the first one and seems upside down to me. What do you think?