“Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc”. said Henri Matisse. (1869-1954) but you can always be a thief 😏 my own one-hour take on “Open Window” (1905) acrylic on canvas 30x40cm #henrimatisse#fauvism#sundaypainter
Started this oil painting yesterday and just finished it. Yesterday morning, I was on the phone with my 90-year-old grandmother, listening to her great stories from when she was a little girl growing up during the Depression. Something she said that she'd never mentioned before was the fact that they'd had a mulberry tree in their front yard. Suddenly, with this information, I was able to add another element to the picture I have developed of what my grandmother's life looked like. While listening to her, I was staring at my friend's old photo of his ancestors in Mexico. Picturing that mulberry tree, I thought about how our memories have unclear aspects of them, while other parts are very clear to us. Some faces are engrained in our memory, whereas others are blurs. You may not recall what kind of plants your aunt had, but you'll never forget your uncle's blue suit.. that kind of thing. I used my friend's photo, which I've always loved, as a starting point and created this.
Work in progress on the Chicago collector’s triptych painting.
I have finished the texture in the birch trees of two of the panels shown here and will focus next on the background texture.
The painting technique I am using is called Daubism.