For Inspiration, you never can go wrong with the Masters.
Anytime my classes need a bit of visual ‘help’ I always like to mention “Go To The Masters!”
They have decades of experience just waiting for us to learn from.
Matisse Like Impressionist Nude
To be under the influence of one of The Masters means you’ve chosen for yourself a world famous teacher.
You’re in a classroom of pure excellence.
My reference material
Whilst in a life drawing class I’d made some rapid studies of the model for later use. These I redrew several times at home, looking for a suitable design.
I had the idea of using charcoal to accent watercolors as well as popping in CTB cobalt teal blue for a Splash of color.
Also…. the idea of being influenced by the style and approach of Matisse, with his colorful nudes and curved figures.
I’ve titled this, “After Matisse” even though I wasn’t actually looking at one of his works at the time.
I was remembering how Matisse works. His lines, colors, his feeling he puts into the painting.
I Deliberately – was being influenced by the Matisse style.
There are many, many other great Masters to learn from.
To be influenced by. Rothko, John Singer Sargent, Edward Seago, Clarice Beckett, JW Turner, Monet, Pissarro, Corot, Seurat, Picasso…..
The Masters teach us, show us the relevance of conveying emotion in the painting.
While we learn, while we are being influenced, we also are gaining skills and confidence.
We’re learning the Masters’ secrets and then weaving them, into our own unique approach. As it should be!