Because Art Should be Play and Not Work

Saturday, November 22, 2014

George and Janet meet Max and Quappi at a party

 Max Beckmann was the next artist to be studied in the Studying Under the Masters: Portraits class. He was a German artist and many of his paintings have that dark haunted look to them. I wasn't sure if I was going to like his art or not.
But after checking out a book from the library about him, I found many paintings that I really liked that were not so dark.  I also had an opportunity to dig out some oil sticks from my stash of art supplies.
Oil sticks are different than oil pastels. They are basically oil paint in a stick form and they are quite large in diameter, so when working small it is difficult to get good details--but the color is wonderful and creamy and they keep forever. The oil sticks I used are about 10 years old!! Then it came time to do my Beckmann style self portrait. I used acrylic paints on the self portrait.
On the right is a copy of a portrait that Beckmann painted of himself and his wife Quappi. I changed it just a little bit by replacing the bouquet in Quappi's hand with a glass of wine. One the left is the portrait I did of George and myself ( a combination of several different photos). I thought it would be fun to do the backgrounds and floor the same so it would look like they were at the same party.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Frida-like; Women in the Marketplace and A Bouquet of flowers

I've made several paintings recently. This one was inspired by a fashion photo that I saw which I am sure had been inspired by a famous photo of Frida Kahlo. and then I changed it up some more.
This one was also inspired by a photo which I saw. I love these women. My story is that they are three generations of women coming to sell fruits at the marketplace.
I love how this bouquet turned out. I wish that I had painted it on a canvas rather than on a piece of black cardstock! I really like painting onto a dark background. The marketplace painting was also painted onto a dark background.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Studying under the Masters: Picasso

Portraits of Sylvette. Sylvette was a young woman with a pony tail that he painted many, many times and in many styles. I picked out eight images and tried to put them in some kind of order that made sense to me going from most conventional to most abstract. It was interesting to copy each drawing to try to understand how he "abstracted" images. Still not a fan of this style.

Detail of the painting "Boy with a Pipe" from Picasso's "rose" period. I liked this painting a lot. In fact Picasso painted many pieces which were more traditional and I did like them. And last--the piece de resistance (LOL) my own self portrait ala Picasso's blue period.
Hey it's not easy to paint yourself blue and looking so solemn. I learned a lot about Picasso and changed my opinion of his art.