watercolor (3x3 inches) inspired by Matisse's Harmony in Red
another small study from the same painting
Matisse's original oil painting, Harmony in Red
There is something about being holed up in a warm house on a cold weekend that encourages productivity. I've been reading up a storm (The Writer's Brush, and a P.D. James murder mystery), and spending time in my studio hatching ideas.
I spent a good afternoon yesterday preparing painted papers for a collage that's gestating in my brain, and also doing two small studies, little watercolors based on Harmony in Red. Matisse's painting with its bright primary colors and cheerful design is an antidote to the blahs of a cold gray and white winter day in Wisconsin. Watercolor pencils allowed me to achieve intense color and also do the outlining I see in the original. It's pickier work that I anticipated, but interesting. Matisse was more interested in cheerful and clear color combinations and shapes than he was in making an ultra realistic rendering. Two down and two more to finish, then I want to try this month's Virtual Sketch Date a couple different ways. I should do my Everyday Matters sketch as well, and there's an unfinished colored pencil piece to work on. It'll be a busy Sunday one way or the other.
Do some of you who visit here do studies based on other painters? Do you think there's value in this sort of work, or does it lead a person to be derivative? I'd love to hear from you.