This week I started off with making some Matisse inspired patterns. I think I'm going to go with the orange leaf one for my activity book but I'll adjust the repeat a little.
I had a lot of fun with the color in this portrait. I wasn't sure how I felt about this book though. Matisse had been battling cancer and recently returned home. This interview was when he was starting to use a wheelchair and began his famous cut outs. Writer Pierre Courthion interviewed him on several occasions. Then just before the book was to be published, Matisse backed out. So there was something about this book he didn’t like and yet it’s been published for us to read anyway.
Once I got started reading, it's better than I expected. For me it reads best if I just skip the interview questions and commentary and only read the parts quoting Matisse.
Matisse painted in pairs or sometimes even more than two. He started this in school when he’d set up a still life and paint two versions in 2 different styles. Then he painted pairs to flatten shapes and color, play with patterns or alternate views, work out alternate solutions, etc. One wasn’t meant as a practice for the second, he usually kept and valued both pieces.
My pairs are usually a painting and then a digital version. Though sometimes I'll do two versions of a painting playing with color variations.
There’s several good Matisse quotes like...
“Creativity takes courage.”
“Why have I never been bored? For more than fifty years I have never ceased to work.”
“Work cures everything.”
But I think this one is my favorite...
I guess because vermilion is my favorite paint color. I use it in every painting.