|Cypresses, 1907 Andre Derain|
|Femmes de cuisine, Andre Lhote, 1935|
I like the familiar.
I like routine.
I like my own little box and why in the world does she keep pushing me out of it??
With my whining over, I did spend the day exploring our mystery design. Its started with this in-depth study of Fauvism. Fauvism was the first of the avant-garde movements that flourished in France in the early years of the twentieth century. The Fauve painters were the first to break with Impressionism as well as with older, traditional methods of perception. Their spontaneous, often subjective response to nature was expressed in bold, undisguised brushstrokes and high-keyed, vibrant colors directly from the tube. Henri Matisse and Andre Derain are good examples of artists of the movement but you can see its influence in a lot of the work being done pre WWII.
I really could have gotten lost down that rabbit hole, but I had my own explorations to continue with. I decided to follow her instructions using Paint - yes Paint the program that comes with your computer but nobody really uses. Its user friendly and versatile. Plus its perfect for value sketches.
After a bit of playing around I settled on one design. Then I spent the next two hours playing with value. OMG - its crazy how many combinations you can come up with! From those I had to come up with the three I liked the best and hand them in. Decisions, decisions. . . .and to tell you the truth - after working most of the day away on the project, I had totally lost my objectivity on what was good or bad or if this was really what Elizabeth was looking for when she sent us the instructions.
So what have you been up to creatively?