Saturday, January 3, 2015

MMP Series # 6 - Matisse's - Woman with a Hat

6x6 acrylic on stretched canvas
image wraps on 1-1/2 inch sides
available via DPW auction click here

This is another in my Mini-Master Pieces series. The artist is Henri Matisse, the name of this piece is "Woman with a Hat" dated 1905. You can read more about this piece by clicking here. You can read more about the artist by clicking here.

This was a WOW for me - not in expertise, but the opposite. Wow, what a learning experience. They say you should go out of your comfort zone periodically, that it will open a different window into your art & technique. I could not believe how true that statement was until I did this piece!

I was never fan of Henri Matisse or his work - always seemed a bit too bold for me. And, of course, it does not have the details I am always so fond of. But, Matisse was next on my list of artists - so to continue with this self-challenge, I picked one of his paintings to do a mini variation of. After scrolling through the many pieces of his, I chose this - Woman with a Hat. Not sure why, I think I actually fell for all the color in it!

What did I learn? Most of what I learned had to do with the mixing of colors. To keep the entire color palette cohesive, I limited my colors to a specific palette - then working with only those, I mixed what I needed. Since I am working with acrylics, and Matisse used oils, I did multiple washes in some area to achieve the look that oils achieve easily. Still, it was not a great deal of work - it was the color mixing that became the main focus on this piece.

The colors I chose & stuck with are: Titantium White, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Dioxazine Purple, Cobalt Teal, Naples Yellow & Pyrrole Orange. There was also the smallest touches of Alizarin Crimson & Naphthol Red light. Using these, I often picked up a touch of one color & and touch of another color on my brush to create a color on the canvas. Other times, I would mix. The Cobalt Teal was used to make most of the blue's & green's. The Dioxazine Purple makes wonderful shadow lines. 

This painting is on a 6x6 block canvas, with 1-1/2 inch sides. And I continued the image on all 4 sides - which makes it so interesting to look at. Here are a few angle shots:

I don't think this experience will make me a fan of Matisse's art, but I do now have a greater respect for his work & technique. 

On to the next artist - I won't say who it is, but will say that his work will be as great a challenge as Matisse's but with a completely different style!


Nelvia said...

Happy New Year Nan. Enjoyed your process and am inspired enough to,try some of my favorite artists too

Nan Johnson said...

Thank you Nelvia and Happy New Year to you also. I do recommend doing some paintings from the masters. So much can be learned, and it's wonderful to stand in their footprints for just a moment.


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