“The Woman with the Hat” by Henri Matisse. (1905)
One technique for studying art and improving our craft is to copy a master painter. While doing the study, I attempt to sketch, draw, mix and paint in the same manner as the master. Because the subject and composition is set, it is easy to concentrate on other details.
Copying a master is impossible to do without learning a great deal about how he (or she) worked his (or her) palette. Much can be learned from copying a painting you admire, and in the process, much is learned about the painter.
Fin. The original “The Woman with the Hat” (oil on canvas, 80.6cm x 59.7cm) was painted by Henri Matisse in 1905. The painting is at home in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA), in their permanent collection. The kids and I saw it there last October. It is breathtakingly beautiful in person. My memory of the painting was that it was a bit more vibrant and chunky with paint than the photo I was copying from suggested. I will need to keep adding layers to achieve the texture.
Anyway, a great exercise for a rainy day!
San Francisco MOMA: https://www.sfmoma.org
“Henri Émile Benoît Matisse was a French artist, known for both his use of color and his fluid and original draughtsmanship.” Wikipedia
This lovely painting went to a good home, for a good cause. I painted this after our recent trip through the Gulf of Mexico (January), and donated to the Crowley family fundraiser last night. *It was SO FUN! We chatted, laughed, ate, drank, danced the night away with more dear friends than we can count. We awoke to healthy hangovers made up of blessed and lucky. Our hearts are both broken and full, missing Jaime.
Oil on Clapboard, 8″x 10″, framed in wood with silver leaf
The painting below (Path from Beavertail Lighthouse, Jamestown) is going to a new home in Jacksonville, FL. I remember the day so well, painting with Trish Hurley and friends. It was so WINDY! That umbrella blew over shortly after I painted it in place, it’s patient owner chasing after it on the lighthouse lawn.
Finally, I am able to create some new works! This summer got off to a late start with some cold and rainy weather, but the tides have changed! The last couple weeks have been glorious, and I have been lucky to have some good friends to paint with. Some recent en plain air photos below; all are works in progress…
Near the Eisenhower House, Newport RI. Painting with Sadhbh and Sophia, complete with picnic and post-painting critique!
On this over-cast day, I painted with Dan at Beavertail Lighthouse, in Jamestown. Dan rocked his first Rhode Island rocky sea-scape.
Sachuest Wildlife Refuge has never disappointed – it was as lovely as ever! Painting in an en plein air masters class with David Barnes via NAM.
Storer Park off Washington Street on the point was gorgeous as I worked on a modern piece in the style of (some old guy)… 😉 thanks to NAM’s David Barnes for the pre-painting en plein air masters focus for the day! I loved this finished piece.
I miss painting in the studio. The last two years have meant a lot of travel and adventure for me and my family. I am seeing, experiencing so much and taking it all in, but the sacrifice is lack of studio time for me. This winter I have worked on a few paintings, but there just isn’t enough time on land, in one place to make a dent the way I would like.
I treasure the days of painting with Trish and the gang in the old studio space… how wonderful it was! They were the most accepting and supportive group one could ask for. I look forward to painting en plein air with my old friends again this summer. Perhaps the studio time will come around for me again sometime.
Until then,… adventure on!
Traveling in Europe and living on our boat in recent months has kept me from my studio, which I love! I miss it. I just came across these photos, taken by my dear friend Maaike Bernstrom…
Painting en plein air is all I want to do in summer, but nothing beats studio painting in the cold, winter months. In a few weeks I will be there and painting my heart out. Whoo hoo!
Jamestown Arts Center MEMBERS’ SHOW 2015
This painting was painted at Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown, looking towards Mackerel Cove (SOLD)
The JAC Member’s Show will unveil new works created by diverse and accomnplished artists in our community. I will have one painting in the show, joining so many other talented local artists. Please mark your calendar for the opening Thursday November 12th, from 6-8pm.
Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00am – 2:00pm thru December 5
JAMESTOWN ARTS CENTER | 18 VALLEY ST. JAMESTOWN, RI | 401.560.0979