Finishing up with Matisse-letting go of preconceived ideas
"Red robe: Violet tulips". Copy of Matisse's painting of the same name. My favorite Matisse paintings are of his women dressed in the different costumes. That would make sense, since I started out as a fiber artist.
"Woman in an embroidered blouse". Copy of one in a series of drawings of woman in embroidered blouse.
And I titled this collage "Matisse and the Modern Girl". This started out as a disaster-the collaged pieces wouldn't stick, they were full of wrinkles etc etc. I was ready to throw it against the wall! I had a preconceived notion of how it should look. The next day I added paint and it was just the pits. At that point I was really ready to chuck it, but being a double Taurus, I don't give up easily! I finally just decided "to hell with it" that I was just going to scribble and paint and use my neon crayons and the more I let go of it looking a certain way, the more I was liking it. Now, still not my favorite art I have ever created, but I can live with it.