Basket of Oranges
Watercolor pencil and graphite, 7 x 10 inches
Not wild about doing still life but this was a lark. In fact, this entire little episode of copying Matisse paintings with colored pencil has been loads of fun! The process acquaints me better with his marks and application of paint. Copying two dimension to two dimension is a breeze. Although I missed my guide mark on one side of the table here — which set up some problems in the cloth and table top, distortion and readjustment of composition to missteps fascinates me. Having a pre-set structure allows me to scribble to my heart's delight without worrying about creating the form in which I scribble.
This transition between series is sandbox time. No worries about shows or serious effort, audience or judgement. Just play. If nothing else, upping the play factor in making art — or in any creative work — is a positive all the way around.
No time limit on this transition either. That makes more space to relax for play.
The original Matisse:
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