Friday, April 26, 2019

Thinking about Matisse

I've been back in Rhode Island for three weeks now and 
am intensely aware of how fast time is going by. Please tell me it's the same for you!

We've had rain 18 out of the last 26 days- that's typical New England. Not quite plein air weather for this fair weather painter.
Here are a couple of process shots of a bunch of daffodils I set up to paint from life. Oil on a gallery wrapped canvas- 24x24. Glad I took a photo because the little blossoms didn't last too long after I picked them and brought them inside.

I've been looking at the influence Matisse had on Diebenkorn after seeing the incredible show at the Baltimore Museum of Art a few years ago. Paintings and drawing of both painters were displayed side by side, progressing along a chronological line. It was an incredible to experience these two greats and see the similarities. 

I wanted to bring some of the patterns of Matisse into this painting. My nod to Matisse is the top right corner and framing with white on two sides- he loved to paint interiors looking out a window.
Happy Spring to all of you- and thanks for looking and taking the time to comment!