Tangier Oranges


after Matisse
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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4 comments:

Hazel said...

This is very pretty. :D

I love it a lot.

<3 <3 <3

Suzanne McDermott said...

Thanks, Hazel. Oh you kids with the character marks... Hmmm. I wonder what <3 means?

Cathy Gatland said...

This does look so much fun - and you have a real mock-Matisse to put on your wall or send to a friend! (I discovered from my niece that <3 is a little heart on its side - if you do it on facebook it shows up as a heart :)

Suzanne McDermott said...

Hi Cathy! Yes, I have 3 mock Matisse's on clothespins strung up on the wall right in front of me. Thanks for the tip about <3 Now, I see it!