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Studying Under the Masters - Matisse Copy

Class members are expected to copy an original Matisse painting in order to learn the characteristics of his style by doing it.  I watched Jeanne Oliver paint her original Matisse on videos and then chose "Woman in a Purple Coat" from 1937 for my painting.  I loved seeing that purple coat in the 2005 Metropolitan Museum of Art Matisse exhibit and there are at least 3 Matisse paintings of models in that coat on Google Images.  Since I paint with watercolors and have little interest in painting with acrylics at this time, I started with light colors and slowly built up to the dark ones.  I wasn't entirely sure that I could make such a huge transition, and my inner critic told me I was crazy to try using watercolors.  I took 2 photographs during the paintings and one of the final.

Here is the drawing and some paint added (Fabriano Artistico 140 lb hot press paper and Winsor Newton watercolors).

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Here is my work in progress at the end of last evening - out of focus, but can't go back!

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This morning I needed to tweak a few areas, especially the upper left corner, but I decided that I learned as much as I needed and it was time to move on to an original painting using style elements that I learned from Matisse. 

This painting is on 9 X 12 paper which is larger than I work in watercolor - so I was out of my comfort zone for sure. 

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On Monday we begin a week of study with Junelle Jacobsen on on Antonio Gaudi.  I know his architecture from photos, but nothing else, so this should be a steep learning curve for me. 

Comments

Wow u did a fabulous job here it's very good...

Excellent job, Shirley. well done.

That is VERY "Matisse" , congratulations!

Wow, I love this! What a cool class to take! I like the vibrant colors.

My God - such an excellent job! Superb! I love the activities you engage in - so cool. Only in NY.

Great! Love it! I know working large is surprisingly different from working small. You wouldn't think it would present such different challenges...but it certainly does!

Oh, I just love this, and I'm a big fan of Matisse. You are one talented artist! Hope you don't mind, but I'm going to use this as my screensaver so I can look at it for a while. :-)

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