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Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage” and indeed I would have to agree with Matisse. With the first stroke or mark the judgement is on. The viewer may like what you have done or hate it. But none the less for the artist, putting down what is inside one’s self in line and color is not just a fancy but a necessity.
Pictured below is Matisse’s 1907 portrait of Madame Matisse. What draws me to Matisse’s portraits is the combination of simplicity and complexity. Keeping with the spirit of Matisse, I adapted this portrait to make a portrait of my own.
If Angels have nationalities, this one would have to be French. Painting the white-collar against the darker garment colors was quite fun and the dark light effect is pleasing. Simplifying the facial features was really a plus, because it enabled me to focus more on composition, form and color.
Having grown up in the southern part of the United States seeing works by local folk artist was normal. While in my early twenties I had the privilege to visit the home and ‘Paradise Gardens’ of Georgia’s own renowned folk artist Howard Finster. The High Museum of Atlanta has within its permanent collection many works of Mr. Finster and is worth a visit to Atlanta to see.
With all that said it seems natural to work in that particular visual genre now and again. Being a naturalist at heart, birds are a favorite theme of mine. Here is my folk art painting for the day. As you can see the style is simplified and plays on the whimsical nature of the bird and it’s roost.
The piece measures 8.5 x11.5 inches and was painted on un-stretched canvas using oil paints.
Thanks for stopping by…….would love to hear about your favorite folk artist from where you are from.