30 Day Painting Challenge: Day 3

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30 Day Painting Challenge: Day 3

I sup­posed I tempt­ed fate dur­ing Day 1 when I talked about all the rain and no snow here in New Hamp­shire, because wouldn’t you know it, we got a snow storm. Some­thing about snow makes me want bright reds and pur­p­ley blues and a par­tic­u­lar shade of green, some­where between teal and kel­ly. So, today, I decid­ed to paint pop­pies. But I want­ed to do it from mem­o­ry and not stay stuck to the actu­al sub­ject. It was more about col­or and design. I felt almost as if Matisse were sit­ting on my shoul­der, and I didn’t mind that, not one bit.

photo of "Anemones by the Window" painting, Henri Matisse

Anemones by the Win­dow,” Hen­ri Matisse

So, this one’s in homage to Hen­ri. (I thought briefly about jok­ing­ly call­ing it “Don’t You Tell Hen­ri,” but decid­ed to go with a safer name instead.) I present “Still Life with Pop­pies,” 12 x 12 inch­es, oil on can­vas. Matisse loved anemones, and I do, too, but I love pop­pies even more.

Which brings me to what you may not know about me. In addi­tion to pop­pies, I love Matisse. The man had some seri­ous vision and for­ti­tude. Did you know that the rea­son he began his paper cutouts was because he was sick with can­cer and could no longer hold a brush? Giv­ing up art was not an option, so he changed the way he did art instead, and cre­at­ed some of the most beau­ti­ful works ever imag­ined.

interior of Chapelle du Rosaire featuring Matisse's stained glass and tile designs

Inte­ri­or pho­to of Chapelle du Rosaire, with stained glass and tile draw­ing designed by Matisse

If you get a chance, watch the doc­u­men­tary A Mod­el for Matisse. It’s a charm­ing doc­u­men­tary avail­able from Net­flix, and it explores the friend­ship between Matisse and Sis­ter Jacques-Marie, a woman who mod­eled for him and then became a Domini­can nun. They con­tin­ued a close friend­ship through­out his life, and he designed the stained glass win­dows and oth­er rooms in the Chapelle du Rosaire, a church Jacques-Marie was involved with. She had quite an influ­ence on him.

Anoth­er thing you may not know: it’s one of my dreams to go to Chapelle du Rosaire one day. I would so love to see what Matisse did in per­son.

By |2017-03-02T20:20:58+00:00January 3rd, 2015|30 Paintings in 30 Days, Floral, Paintings, Still Life|1 Comment

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