Painting A Matisse Cat

1 May

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I joined in with an online painting session on Facebook today, hosted by the Cheese and Wine Painting Club. It’s an hour and a half live session and today’s painting was a cat and goldfish by the Fauvist painter Henri Matisse. I haven’t finished – there’s a few more hours work to do, but it’s given me a real insight into how Matisse structured his painting and unusually for me I’m enjoying it. I don’t normally like painting, I much prefer drawing and printmaking, but this isn’t just painting, it’s also learning about another artist in a very real way.

It’s something different to do during lockdown. The next one is van Gogh’s Starry Night on May 8th at midday. It’s free or a donation if you can afford to. Will you be joining in?

4 Responses to “Painting A Matisse Cat”

  1. louiseaprimeau May 2, 2020 at 02:10 #

    I bought a tutorial on painting like Matisse a few years ago and never did the lessons. You are making me want to go back and review the lessons and try the assignments. I love your painting. I especially love the bright colours. Thanks for sharing.

    • Rosie Scribblah May 2, 2020 at 13:46 #

      You’re welcome, Louisa. I’ve always liked Matisse so it’s been interesting for me to get to grips with his method

  2. Koz Myk May 1, 2020 at 23:08 #

    I love it.
    There’s much to be said for having a try at another artist’s work.
    Way more than just copying.
    As you say, you get some insights into that artist’s method or maybe just the ‘feel’.
    Similar thing with music.
    One can simply Copy a piece or delve deeper and get ‘inside’ it.

    • Rosie Scribblah May 2, 2020 at 13:45 #

      That’s Right Koz Myk. The work is far more complex and nuanced when you try to understand how it’s made. I’m really getting a lot out of it.

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