Saturday, January 23, 2010
Oh, This Was Fun Fun Fun
Over at Misty Mawn's wonderful blog, she and a bunch of participants are doing a daily journal page for the month of January. This week (last week? I get confused...) the theme was to 'copy' pieces from some favorite artists.
I decided I'd let fate have a hand, and the first two I chose by flipping an art book open and painting whatever was there--One was a hazy landscape, which I haven't finished, and the other is the first piece below, which was painted using Max Beckmann's "Seated Women by Water" as inspiration.
One of the things I really want to work on in my paintings is being looser and less perfection oriented, and by working on watercolor (journal) paper and by working from another painting, I seem to have made progress! It was just so fun--Just smooshing paint around, painting over what I didn't like, refining what I did...Looking at the original every once in awhile to check colors...
The second one here is copied from one of Marc Chagall's paintings, "Le Repos". I love his work, love all the fantastic things he includes, all the symbolism, all the color... The only deliberate change I made was that my critter is a goat, his was a cow, and my goat is staring at the woman intently. We all know why...
This whole exercise was great fun. Cannot emphasize that enough!